violet kazue de cristoforo, internment camp poet

Poet Violet Kazue de Cristoforo died last week at age 90. She was famous for writing and collecting haiku poems that capture life in Japanese internment camps during World War II: Violet de Cristoforo, 90; California haiku poet survived WWII internment camps. Her groundbreaking anthology of internment camp poetry, May Sky: There Is Always Tomorrow, was published in 1999. She was recently honored by the National Endowment for the Arts with a National Heritage Fellowship award for achievement in traditional and folk arts. Here's a good NPR Weekend Edition story on her life and work: Haiku Poet Documented Life in Japanese Camps

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