Dorothea Schlegel Artist in Residence, Research Area 2: "Travelling Matters" June - August 2022
Hiromi Ito was born in 1955 in Tokyo, Japan. She made her debut in the 80s with works focused on sex and body and also pioneered the genre of “birth/childrearing” essays in this decade. She specialises in modern poetry and, in addition to original poetry/narrative works, is also involved in women's studies, modern translations of Buddhist narratives and sutras, as well as research on Ogai MORI, Rin ISHIGAKI, Michiko ISHIMURE, Jakucho SETOUCHI and Environmental Literature. In the 90s, she Moved to California, USA, before returning to Japan in 2018, where she taught at Waseda University from 2018 to 2021, before moving to Hosei University in 2022. She currently resides in Kumamoto, Japan.
She has received numerous awards including the Takami Award, Murasaki Shikibu Literary Award, Hagiwara Award, Cikada Prize, Noma Literary New Face Award, Tsubouchi Award.