Born 1974 in Tokyo.
Mariko Nagai studied English with concentration in poetry at the New York University in New York, NY/USA. Currently, she is assistant professor for creative writing and literature at Temple University, Japan Campus in Tokio.
She has been granted numerous fellowships, such as the Erich Maria Remarque Fellowship from New York University, a fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, the Hawthornden Fellowship from the Hawthornden International Writers Retreat, a fellowship from the UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for the Arts as well as a residency at Château de Lavigny from the Fondation Ledig-Rowohlt in Lausanne/Switzerland.
Nagai’s collection of poems, Histories of Bodies won the Benjamin Saltmann Prize in 2005, and was published by Red Hen Press in 2007.