Illustration: Ohara Hale
25th Contemporary Poetry Award 2007
Kiyomi Konagaya was born in 1936 in Shizuoka, Japan. At university, he studied English Literature and published his poetry in literary magazines. After graduation, he took a job at an advertising agency. In 1977, he won the prestigious Mr. H Award (for new poets) for Little Voyage 26. He also won the 21st Takami Jun Prize in 1991, and the 25th Contemporary Poetry Award in 2007.