Joy Kogawa was born in Vancouver in 1935. She is a poet, essayist, novelist, and a Nisei—a second-generation Japanese Canadian. She was interned with her family by the Canadian government during the second world war. She is a recipient of numerous honorary doctorates as well as national and international awards for her writing. Her books include four volumes of poetry, one children’s book—Naomi’s Road—and three novels: Obasan, Emily Kato and The Rain Ascends. Joy Kogawa was named a Member of the Order of Canada in 1986.