translated from the Japanese by Sayuri Okamoto
Timestamp of Q&A: 28-29.Jan.2011 AM8:10.
Naked Memo #1 first appeared in Yoshimasu's photography book, Mesiita Ogon no Niwa, Iwanami Shoten, 2010. It is used here by permission of both the author and the publisher.
Information about the images in Japanese:
裸のメモ #1：エミリー・ディキンソン学会講演原稿 2010年6月19日発行（於早稲田大学）
裸のメモ #2：『静かなアメリカ』出版記念講演原稿 2009年12月16日発行（於早稲田大学）
裸のメモ #3 gozoCiné上映会でのハンドアウト 2011年1月28日発行（於恵比寿amu)
Gozo Yoshimasu is one of the most prominent figures in Japanese contemporary literature and art. Born in Tokyo in 1939, he started writing poetry in the 1960s, while still reading Japanese Literature at Keio University. Over a career that has spanned 50 years, most of which he has devoted to poetry, he has also created artwork of various media ranging from photography to video to spoken performances. Winner of several prizes including the Takami Jun Prize (for Ogon Shihen/Golden verbs), the Rekitei Prize (for Neppu, a thousand steps/Devil's Wind, a thousand steps), the Purple Ribbon Medal, and the Mainichi Geijutsu Prize(for omote-gami, a photography book), Yoshimasu has taught in many universities worldwide including University of Southern California, University of Lyon and Waseda University. At the moment he devotes his time to creating gozoCiné(video works) and to the publication of both books and limited edition copies of Naked Memos.
Sayuri Okamoto is a senior editor (Japanese) at Asymptote. She holds degrees in art history and Japanese literature and works as translator, writer, and curator. Born and raised in Shizuoka, Japan, she is currently living and working in London (UK) and Padua (Italy). In 2014, she received a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant for her translation of Gozo Yoshimasu's "post-3.11" poetry series Dear Monster.