Monkey Business: Monkeying Around in Japan

May 18, 2013 - 6:15 PM

Dassara Brooklyn Ramen
271 Smith Street

Japanamerica author Roland Kelts, Lowboy author John Wray, and Yoko Sawai of The Hard Nips host readings and performances from the English edition of the acclaimed Japanese literary magazine, Monkey Business.

Roland Kelts is the author of Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture has Invaded the U.S. and a visiting scholar at Keio University.  He writes for several publications in Japan and the U.S. and is a contributing editor of Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan.  He divides his time between New York and Tokyo.

Yoko nips

Yoko Sawai is a songwriter, lead singer and music coordinator for the Brooklyn-based band, The Hard Nips. She is also a music journalist who writes a column on the New York music scene for the Japanese publication, Ele-King. Originally from Osaka, she has lived in New York for 14 years.












John Wray is the author of the novels Lowboy, Canaan’s Tongue and The Right Hand of Sleep. He is the recipient of the Whiting Writer’s Award and the Berlin Prize Fellowship from the American Academy in Berlin. He was once the frontman of the Brooklyn band, Marmalade, and he lives in Brooklyn.

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