Inada, Lawson Fusao

Lawson Inada's teaching and poetry have been recognized with honors and acclaim. He is a third generation Japanese-American, and in May 1942, Inada, his parents and grandparents were removed from their home and imprisoned in camps. This experience was formative, and Inada produced several works based on this time. Jazz has also influenced his work. REFERENCES Inada, Lawson. Oregon Encyclopedia Project. Retrieved 1/15/15. http://oregonencyclopedia.org/articles/inada_lawson_fusao_1938_/ Inada, Lawson. Coffee House Press. Retrieved 1/15/15. http://coffeehousepress.org/authors/lawson-fusao-inada/ Lawson Inada Biography and Bibliography. Poetry DVD. Retrieved 1/15/15. http://www.poetryvideos.com/lawson.html Markee, Michael and Vincent Wixon. Lawson Fusuo Inada: What it Means to be Free (TTTD Productions, 2007)

City: 

Medford

Birthplace: 

Fresno, CA

Mother: 

Masako, teacher

Father: 

Fusaji, dentist

Spouse: 

Janet

Children: 

Miles (Southern Oregon University, Art Department); Lowell

Education: 

Lincoln and Edison High Schools, Fresno California; Fresno State University BA; Iowa Writers Workshop; University of Oregon, Eugene Oregon, MFA 1966

Honors: 

Oregon Poet Laureate 2006-2010; Guggenheim Fellowship 2004; Oregon Book Award 1997; Governors Arts Award 1997; Pushcart Prize 1996; American Book Award 1992; National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship 1972 and 1985

Nationality: 

Japanese

Occupation: 

University of New Hampshire 1962-1965; Professor of English at Southern Oregon University 1966-2006