Miki Yuuri born December 31, 1984 in Gunma Prefecture. She grew up surrounded by haiku and modern poetry thanks to her grandfather who was a teacher, and with all kinds of music thanks to her father, a classic music fan. She won her first award for haiku from a local newspaper, and after graduation studied apparel and accessories before working seven years in visual merchandising for UNIQLO. She reemerged in 2012, then in 2013 released her first album Hentai (Pervert). She stays involved as a poet and organizer of a variety of events, and has twice won people’s choice style livehouse idol competitions. She was an organizer from 2017–2019 for the legendary Ueno Poetrican Jam, Japan’s biggest poetry event attended by around 2000 poetry fans. She is also a two-time national champion of Poetry Slam Japan (2017, 2018), and winner of the World Haiku Championship in Paris (2018). Previous work in English appeared in Tokyo Poetry Journal. Along with Jordan A. Y. Smith, founder of KOTOBA Slam Japan.
Jordan A. Y. Smith writes, translates, professes, researches, curates, and produces performance-oriented events, mostly in Tokyo. He is an associate Professor of comparative literature/translation at Josai International University, the Editor-in-Chief of Tokyo Poetry Journal, Creator/Partner at Technology Humans And Taste (Japan). He has translated many of Japan's leading poets, including Yoshimasu Gōzō, Saihate Tahi, Mizuta Noriko, Misumi Mizuki, Fuzuki Yumi, Michiyama Rain, and Sakisaka Kujira. Author of Syzygy (Awai Books 2020) and co-author of various projects, including Sea of Trees: Poetic Gateways to Aokigahara (2019) and √IC: Redux, with Kanie Naha and Nagae Yūki). Two-time National Finalist in Poetry Slam Japan, and producer of BBC Radio 4 programs on Japanese poetry. @jordangiraffe on Instagram. Along with Miki Yuuri, founder of KOTOBA Slam Japan.