Janet Pocorobba has studied and performed Japanese music in the U.S. and Tokyo for over 20 years. She has been featured in Japanese media and was cited as one of five distinctive foreign women studying traditional arts in Japanese Cosmo. She has been a student of the shamisen, drums (Katada school), and dance. Currently she is Associate Professor of writing and Associate Director of the Lesley University low-residency MFA program in creative writing in Cambridge, MA. Her work has been published in the Rumpus, Harvard Review, The Writer, Kyoto Journal, Indiana Review, The Journal, Provincetown Arts, Metropolis, American Athenaeum, and others. She lives in Calais, VT.