Mariko Nagai

Creative Writing & Japanese Literature

Director of Research


Areas of Expertise

Nagai's specialties are creative writing—(poetry and fiction), translation, comparative modernism, modern and contemporary Japanese literature, and world poetry.

Teaching Interests

At Temple, Nagai divides her time between teaching creative writing courses and Japanese literature from the pre-modern to modern periods.


Nagai's current research includes translation of Hayashi Fumiko's Hourouki, tentatively titled Songs of the Wandering Years; history of irradiation in Japan; war-time Japanese poetry and poets; the Occupation of Japan; and karayuki-san.

Representative Publications and Honors

Mariko Nagai's creative work in poetry and fiction, and translation of Japanese literature, have appeared in literary journals such as Asian Pacific American Journal, the Gettysburg Review, New Letters, Prairie Schooner, Southern Review and other journals, and have received the prestigious Pushcart Prize both in poetry (1998) and fiction (2001). A graduate of the New York University Master's Program in Creative Writing (Poetry), where she was the Erich Maria Remarque Fellow, she has received numerous fellowships and awards for her writing from art foundations around the world, including the Akademie Schloss Solitude, the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, the UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for the Arts, Hawthornden Fellowship at the Hawthornden International Writers Retreat, the Fondation Rowalt-Ledig fellowship at the Chateau de Lavigny, amongst others.