With Stephen D. Miller, Donnelly translates classical Japanese poetry and drama. Their most recent book is The Wind from Vulture Peak: The Buddhification of Japanese Waka in the Heian Period (2013, Cornell East Asia Series).
Donnelly’s most recent book of poems, Nocturnes of the Brothel of Ruin, (2012, Four Way Books), interwove translations of Japanese poems with his own sequences. During his residency in Japan, Donnelly “hopes to amplify the influence of Japanese poetics on his own poems, extending a literary influence to an experiential one, and to explore conversations between Japan’s classical past and its unsentimental present in person and in his writing.”
Read more about the award at the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission’s website.