spiritual language poetry & writings


AB Bio

Alan Botsford is author of two poetry collections–mamaist: learning a new language (Minato No Hito, 2002), which as the Kyoto Journal wrote, “may be one of the first books of poems to transpire from our global civilization”, and A Book of Shadows (Katydid Books, 2003). In 2010 he published Walt Whitman of Cosmic Folklore (Sage Hill Press) a hybrid essay-dialogue-poetry collection about which William Heyen has said: “If we’ll read this book as it was written, with Emerson’s ‘flower of the mind,’ it will enlarge our lives.” Born in Connecticut, U.S.A. and educated at Wesleyan U. (B.A.) and Columbia U. (M.F.A.), he currently is a professor of American literature at Kanto Gakuin University in Yokohama. Botsford also served as editor of Poetry Kanto, Japan’s oldest bi-lingual poetry journal, from 2005 to 2015. He lives with his wife, illustrator Minako Saitoh, in Kamakura.