Pogo Saito

Pogo Saito, a Sansei, recently re-transplanted to Nyssa, Oregon, home to a large population of Nikkei who settled there after the war due to one lone person who hired Japanese after the war. It is a place ripe with stories.  Pogo is a performer, writer and visual artist who spent 18 years as a touring storyteller with the Los Angeles based We Tell Stories and is an Associate Artist with Theater Movement Bazaar. Ms. Saito was honored by The Pacificus Foundation for her plays and poems and was most recently published in The Coiled Serpent anthology of Los Angeles Poets.

Updated January 2018

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Nikkei al descubierto: una columna de poesía


Happy 2018, folks! Upon entering a new year, we put forth the theme of “open” to writers Mariko Rooks, a Culver City native who is currently studying at Yale, and Pogo Saito, now based in Nyssa, Oregon. Their pieces here explore critical openings between self and the things we want to let go of or draw nearer - there is challenge and reflection felt throughout...enjoy. —traci kato-kiriyama * * * * * Mariko Fujimoto Rooks is a mixed race Japanese American and African American first-year student at Yale University, where she studies public health. She serves as an Stude...

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