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Pop-up: Kazumi Heshiki

Sat, Nov 11, 2017 from 1:00 pm - 1:15 pm PST

Local writer, Kazumi Heshiki, will read from his book of haikus, Fireweed Blossoms

Find Heshiki in the Japanese Art; found on floor 1, gallery 106. Please reference the Portland Art Museum Map to find this location.


Fireweed Blossoms, is a stunning collection of poetry by local writer Kazumi Heshiki. Kazumi was born on Okinawa Island in 1930 and his book reflects a lifetime of reflection in various states and countries. “In this breath-taking collection,” says Lo Kwa Mei-En, “Kazumi Heshiki colors the human relationship to the world with natural gravity and creative luminescence. Every poem tilts the world into a unique quality of light.”

“How lucky we are to have this book in the world.” – Lo Kwa Mei-En (author of Yearling)

“Kazumi Heshiki’s poems ring remarkably innovative in their spare form and sensibility . . . A welcome collection by a masterful poet.” -Kimiko Hahn (author of Brain Fever)

Kazumi Heshiki

Kazumi Heshiki was born in Okinawa Island in 1930. He later attended Keio University in Tokyo, where he studied linguistics and cross-cultural communication. Heshiki later worked in both Japan and the United States as a translator and Japanese language instructor, and has authored textbooks and essays on the subject of language, culture and communication. He is the author of Kadena Story, a historical fiction based on the battle of Okinawa in 1945. His most recent work is a collection of poetry titled Fireweed Blossoms. After spending a portion of his life in Anchorage, Heshiki currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife.
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