Author Road Interview: Lawson Inada

Oregon Poet Laureate 2006 – 2010

Poet Lawson Inada, Oregon’s 5th poet laureate, proceeded Oregon’s current poet laureate, Paulann Peterson. Lawson is a Sensei, born in Fresno, California in 1938, and 4 years later he and his family were confined to concentration camps until the end of World War II. After the war and following his college career, he began teaching poetry at Southern Oregon University in 1966. In 2006 he was named Oregon’s poet laureate and won the Willamette Writers Lifetime Achievement Award.

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