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Poetry. Asian & Asian American Studies. Winner of the 2021 Off the Grid Poetry Prize. In MORE AMERICAN, poet Sharon Hashimoto reconstructs a collective memory, conjuring the voices of grandparents, children, soldiers, and "those left to tell." In moving detail, these poems convey the realities of assimilation, service, and internment as experienced by Japanese Americans during, and in the decades following, the Second World War. In this stunning second collection, Hashimoto reckons with the limitations of language, and by extension, notions of citizenship. She deftly sounds the dissonances in the language of loyalty and allegiance.
Sharon Hashimoto's first book of poetry, The Crane Wife (co-winner of the 2003 Nicholas Roerich Prize and published by Story Line Press), has recently been reprinted by Red Hen Press. Her work has appeared in American Fiction, The American Scholar, Barrow Street, Louisiana Literature, North American Review, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, River Styx, Shenandoah, and other publications. She is a recipient of a NEA fellowship in poetry. Recently retired from Highline College after twenty- nine years of teaching, she writes poetry and short stories, and is currently at work on a novel.Author City: TUKWILA, WA USA