An Evening of Poetry and Fiction

Friday, October 24, 2008 / 19:00 start
TUJ Azabu Hall 4F Library (Access)
Free. Open to public. Light refreshments will be served.
Jennifer Cahill (

Come enjoy a reading and a cup of coffee with two local authors, Poet John Gribble and novelist Holly Thompson.

John Gribble's poems have appeared in RUNES, Margie, The Mid-America Poetry Review, Pearl, and other publications in the US, UK, and Japan. He is a native Southern Californian, a Tokyo resident since 1993, and has an MFA from Warren Wilson College. His collection of poems Another Wrong Fedora is available from Printed Matter Press and other booksellers.

In addition to poetry, he has written reviews for The Daily Yomiuri and articles on music for Acoustic Guitar magazine and other journals. For a number of years he has facilitated the Tokyo Writers Group, an on-going prose and poetry workshop. He is also one of the organizers of this year's Japan Writers Conference which will take place November 29 and 30, 2008 at Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan.

Holly Thompson was raised in New England, earned her B.A. in biology from Mount Holyoke College and earned her M.A. in English with a concentration in creative writing/fiction from New York University. Long-time resident of Japan, she is a lecturer at Yokohama City University, where she teaches creative writing, academic writing, short stories and American culture.

Her novel Ash (Stone Bridge Press, 2001) set in Kagoshima and Kyoto, Japan, has been recommended as a teaching tool in classrooms studying Japan, Asia and intercultural issues. Her short stories have been published in magazines and journals in the United States and Japan and anthologized in The Broken Bridge: Fiction from Expatriates in Literary Japan (Stone Bridge Press, 1997). Her picture book The Wakame Gatherers (Shen's Books, 2007) depicts a bicultural girl who goes seaweed gathering with her Japanese and American grandmothers. Holly serves as Regional Advisor of the Tokyo chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI Tokyo ).