Yuri Kageyama is a poet, writer and journalist of bilingual and bicultural upbringing, born in Japan and raised in Maryland, Tokyo and Alabama. She has two books The New and Selected Yuri: Writing From Peeling Till Now (Ishmael Reed Publishing Co.), which includes poems, short fiction and essays, and Peeling (I. Reed Press). Carla Blank is directing a performance piece “Story of Miu,” written by Yuri Kageyama and a theater work in progress. The film “Talking Taiko” (2010), directed by Yoshiaki Tago, documents her readings and thoughts on art, family and life. Her poetry, fiction and essays have appeared in many literary publications. She leads a world music/funk/spoken word band the Yuricane. Kageyama has read with Ishmael Reed, Shuntaro Tanikawa, Eric Kamau Gravatt, Seamus Heaney, Geraldine Kudaka, Victor Hernandez Cruz, Isaku Kageyama, Winchester Nii Tete, Makoto Horiuchi, Hiroyuki Shido, Tennessee Reed, Russel Baba, Sachiko Yoshihara, Yumi Miyagishima, Shozu Ben, Toshinori Takimoto, Glen Pearson, Ashwut Rodriguez, the Broun Fellinis, Hirokazu Suyama, Hiroshi Tokieda and Yuuichiro Ishii and many other artists. She has a 1993 book in Japanese co-written with Hamao Yokota on the Japanese workplace. She has also translated works by writer Kenzaburo Oe and poet Hiromi Ito. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Cornell University and holds an M.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. She lives in Tokyo.