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Amy Uyematsu
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Amy Uyematsu is a third-generation Angelino of Japanese ancestry. She has five poetry collections: Basic Vocabulary (Red Hen Press, 2016), The Yellow Door (Red Hen, 2015), Stone Bow Prayer (Copper Canyon… Read more

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Amy Uyematsu is a third-generation Angelino of Japanese ancestry. She has five poetry collections: Basic Vocabulary (Red Hen Press, 2016), The Yellow Door (Red Hen, 2015), Stone Bow Prayer (Copper Canyon Press, 2005), Nights of Fire, Nights of Rain (Story Line Press, 1998) and 30 Miles from J-Town (Story Line, 1992). 30 Miles from J-Town received the 1992 Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize and was runner-up in the 1993 Norma Ferber First Book Award. Uyematsu was Poetry Editor for Greenmakers: Japanese American Gardeners in Southern California (2001). She was formerly active in the Asian American Movement, which arose in the late 60's, and while a senior at UCLA, she penned an essay, “The Emergence of Yellow Power in America,” which is still included in ethnic studies classes. An early staff member of the UCLA Asian American Studies Center, Uyematsu was a co-editor of the widely-used anthology, Roots: An Asian American Reader (UCLA, 1971). Uyematsu taught high school math in the Los Angeles Unified School System for over three decades. Both mathematics and political concerns are evident in her poetry. According to the Poetry Foundation, “Uyematsu’s poems consider the intersection of politics, mathematics, spirituality, and the natural world.”
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