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Sachiko Murakami is the author of the poetry collections The Invisibility Exhibit (Talonbooks, 2008), a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, and Rebuild (Talonbooks, 2011). She has been a literary worker for numerous presses, journals, and organizations, and is Poetry Editor for Insomniac Press. She is the initiator of the online collaborative poetry projects Project Rebuild and PowellStreetHenko.ca. Born and raised in Vancouver, she currently lives in Toronto.
November 2012 : GET ME OUT OF HERE
October 2012 : O Lympic – Sachiko Murakami
December 2011 : Talonbooks Presents Karl and Christy Siegler's Farewell Bash
Governor General’s Poetry Award finalist (2008), The Invisibility Exhibit.
Gerald Lampert Memorial Award finalist (2009), The Invisibility Exhibit.
BOOK AWARDSThe Invisibility Exhibit
Finalist for the 2008 Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry
Finalist for the 2009 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award”
QUOTES OF NOTERebuild
"Murakami has quickly demonstrated a remarkable range and ambition."
"Did this happen, here? Did this/ really happen to me?" Such a devastated hole gapes in narrative before a moment of potent reconfiguration, and it’s quite genius of Sachiko Murakami’s new collection, Rebuild, to pose a doubled speaker of agape grief: both the narrator who has lost a father in troubling circumstances, and the contemporary development-manic city itself, specifically glass-pocked Vancouver, lamenting its gutted and guttered wholeness (acknowledging that wholeness is a myth, yet another hole).
– Margaret Christakos
These are angry poems. Proud and angry. But smart and quirky, too, daring us to tear up our death pledge to real estate, and rethink our citizenship in scandalous cities. They ask hard questions about democracy, Olympic extravaganzas, police battalions and single feet that wash up on the beach. What is home in a state where the cost of a house would feed whole villages for years? […] Murakami brings us home to our senses.
– Meredith Quartermain
The poems in Rebuild strike at (the crack in) the heart of Vancouver. […] Murakami’s poetry performs erasure on itself, tries to renovate and rebuild. Something faster. Something better. Tears out consonant and vowel, post and beam, with dishwasher, writes elegy, writes condo, writes missing, writes return. Returns to scaffolding, to consonant, to the letters of her dead father’s name.
– Nikki Reimer
QUOTES OF NOTEThe Invisibility Exhibit
“Here is one woman’s fiercely intelligent response to one of society’s most tragic and pressing dilemmas. Murakami reveals and dismantles the rhetoric of the all-too-familiar missing woman narrative. The Invisibility Exhibit is an articulate and expertly rendered protest against the violence of erasure.”
— Jon Paul Fiorentino
“Sachiko Murakami’s poems transcend the topical to achieve a startling and personal emotional resonance. Reading them, we become at once wiser and more questioning, sadder and more hopeful. A risky, and deeply rewarding, first collection.”
— Stephanie Bolster
“ The Invisibility Exhibit is an assembly of fine details and drawn connections, as painstaking as it is provocative.”
— Toronto Star
“The final poem of the collection insists ‘What gentleness we must muster now, to lift DNA // from a microscopic edge, to protect / the whole of the woman contained there.’ Murakami’s collection succeeds in embodying this gentleness, along with a startling poetic sensitivity and strength.”
“Murakami is a tightly wound spring finally sprung, releasing ohms of energy and lighting the world of Canadian poetry with a new ampere. She has vaulted into prominence with this her first book.”
— Prairie Fire
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