ShastaYama 2011 Guest Artist

Lawson Fusao Inada

"Poetry happens - wherever, whenever it wants... It's actually rather simple...like daydreams we all experience. I just happen to write mine down as poetry."

                    Lawson Fusao Inada

Writer Lawson Fusao Inada is a third-generation Japanese American from Fresno, CA. He is an emeritus professor at Southern Oregon University.

Mr. Inada's honors include an Oregon Book Award, an American Book Award, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry. He has served as Steinbeck Chair of the National Steinbeck Center, and as Poet Laureate of Oregon.

His books of poetry are "Before the War," "Legends from Camp," and "Drawing the Line." He is the editor of "Only What We Could Carry: The Japanese American Internment Experience."

"Legends from Camp is a masterwork of American poetry. ... Inada's ear for the musicality of English is unsurpassed; Legends from Camp is a veritable symphony you must not miss!"

                    ''Leslie Marmon Silko, Coffee House Press

ShastaYama 2011 is honored to present Lawson Fusao Inada.