DEALL graduate Jeffery Angles (BA 1993, Ph.D. 2004) is one of the six recipients of the 68th Yomiuri Prize for Literature, announced on February 1, 2017. He received the honor in the poetry category for Watashi no Hizuke-Henkōsen 私の日付変更線 (‘My International Date Line’), his first collection of poems written and published in Japanese. Angles studied modern Japanese literature in DEALL under the late William Tyler. He is a recipient of the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Prize for his translation of Forest of Eyes: Selected Poems Chimako Tada. Angles is currently professor of Japanese language and Japanese literature at Western Michigan University.
Founded in 1949 by the Yomiuri Shinbun Company, Yomiuri Prize for Literature is a highly prestigious award in literature that lists as past awardees such well-known writers as KODA Aya (1955), ABE Kobo (1962), INOUE Yasushi (1963), INOUE Hisashi (1981), MURKAMI Ryu (1997), MISHIMA Yukio (1961) and KIRINO Natsuo (2010). This year’s prize recipients include Hideo LEVY, another American-born author who writes in Japanese.