Yukari Nikawa - Poet, Japan & Ema Saiko Fellow

Yukari Nikawa - Poet, Japan & Ema Saiko Fellow

Yukari Nikawa, from Tokyo, is a writer with international experience (France, Hong Kong, Lithuania, etc).

She was in residence at NZ Pacific Studio for 3 weeks as the 2016 Ema Saiko Poetry Fellow. 

During her residency, Yukari worked to "build up a totally new writing style [in Japanese], combining prose and verse... a modern adaptation of the 'poetry narrative' or a 'collection of short tales to complement poems'..."

She presented her work at the Open Studio Day on Feb 7 (at NZPS) and at the Windrift Haiku Group on Feb 11 (in Wellington).

Yukari also collaborated with USA-born and Egypt-based poet Melanie Carter, who was also in residence in Mount Bruce. Their work was performed in Japanese and English on the opening night of the international exhibition "Art is a Living Thing" at Aratoi Museum in December 2016.

The residency marked her first visit to New Zealand.

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