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Rick Noguchi - The Ocean Inside Kenji Takezo
Airdate: August 6, 1997

About the Author

Rick Noguchi is a writer born in Los Angeles and raised in Culver City. He graduated from Arizona State University with a Master’s of Fine Arts degree in creative writing. He also holds a Master’s of Business administration from Pepperdine University, a Bachelor’s degree from California State University, Long Beach in English and a minor in American Indian studies. He serves as a Senor Program Officer in the Arts at the James Irvine Foundation and is a national award winning writer wining the 1994 Pearl Edition Prize for “The Wave He Caught.” Rick Noguchi also co-wrote “Flowers from Marko,” a children’s book, and served in a variety of programming, fundraising and management position with the Arizona Humanities Council, the Japanese American National Museum, the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program and the UCLA Anderson School of Management.



About this Book

"The Ocean Inside Kenji Takezo" is a collection of poems that focuses on a surfer who lives in California. His collection contains 46 poems that explain the life of a young surfer and his early childhood experiences. His poems explicate the aquamarine architectures of sand and saltwater from the Pacific Coast, while other poems revolve around old Japanese legends. His collection contains the important characteristics of a plural literature: a traditional ease of storytelling, magic and innocence.