Nagoya Writes

March 4, 2010

January 2010 Summary

Filed under: Uncategorized — usbengoshi @ 4:18 pm

Review of January’s Open Reading

There was a good turnout for such a winter’s day.
What a warm turnout for our first Reading of 2010
There were 9 Readers and a good crowd the Dufi.
Happy with the combination of different styles and tones.
Two hours of  prose and poems, and lively discussion after the Reading.

Brian Cullen ( Ireland )
Sometimes it is easier to talk to the back of a head.

Shoichi Miyamura ( Japan )
In the morning I wake up to find that I was not so zero
With a hangover from that indivisible infinity.

Tom Bauerle ( USA )
I could not, not look at her… true beauty has some terror.
Your rippling hair washed over me.

Sarah Mulvey ( Canada )
Prose < The Question; Why do you live in Japan
I never lived on a mountain top before, the novelty wore off
The novelty became a prison cell.

Albert Sussler ( USA )
What Haitians had raised on shaking ground came crashing down.
short story
My enthusiasm bounced of the walls of silence.

Paul Binford ( USA )
What ever assets this poem has are frozen.

Evan Mac Oisteagain ( Ireland )
Love at first smell.
Everywhere, green intent is lined up.

Tim Chambers ( USA )
Say them girls want saddle pony but they ride rodeo.

Leah Ann Sullivan ( USA )
One if by land, two if by sea, three if in the Lobby

There was lots of good laughs, Thanks Shoichi, Sarah Paul and Tim or the humor
How did you like the circle Reading? We could not have a stage as there were so
many customers. Circles does have its positive points as well.
For out next Open Reading someone feel free to come an hour early to
grab that prime spot. I arrived forty minutes early. I guess it wasn’t soon enough.

Up coming events:
Writers workshop at Tom’s. Paul will be running it.
What:  Workshop for writers of all stripes
When: Sunday, February 14
Where; Tom’s House of Cosmic Curios
What time: 2 p.m. to ???? [Should we make it 2 a.m.?]
Bring:  Chocolate, paper, something to write with, your invisible friend

The Next Open Reading will be on Sunday, February, 21st from 3:30~
at Cafe Dufi

For March we will be needing a different venue as Dufi will be having live concerts for the Sundays.
Suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

Spread the word of Open Readings Nagoya Writes, the more the merrier.



  1. Though I live across the sea, I am intrigued
    by Japan. Are “outsiders” welcome?

    Comment by Sandra — April 7, 2010 @ 7:09 am | Reply

  2. Both gaijin and nihonjin are welcome. There is no “insider” and “outsider.”

    Comment by usbengoshi — April 10, 2010 @ 11:19 am | Reply

  3. Just learned about your circle in the Nagoya Calendar. Very interested!
    Would like to know when, where you will hold your next meeting.
    I like to write poety myself, but haven’t been able to enjoy that
    side of myself for a long, long time. Just tried writing one, but
    skills are rusty. Would love to hear others and enjoy the laughs together!

    Comment by May Tsujimura — June 22, 2010 @ 10:46 am | Reply

  4. Hello Leah, Miyamura-san, Paul and Albert:

    Laura Ohata (Patterson) here in Austin, Texas. It is amazing that thirteen years have passed already since I left Japan. How is everyone in the Nagoya area doing? Yoshio and I have two children, Michi (age 9) and Leo (age 6). We work hard to teach them both Japanese and English. I studied chado in the US until the children were born and intend to pick it up again in a few years. In the mean time, I keep busy with writing and shooting photos and a little video.

    If any of you think about it, drop me a line at, or friend me on Facebook. It would be fun to catch up. It seems like much of the writing group is still in-tact.

    Best regards,

    Comment by Laura Patterson (Ohata) — August 23, 2010 @ 11:06 pm | Reply

  5. I was wondering if this group is still going. I am an Australian writer who is going to be in Nagoya from late March to mid June this year.

    Comment by Tom — January 19, 2011 @ 9:02 pm | Reply

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