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Ai Ogawa: Why she kicks ass
She was an American poet and educator, who received awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bunting Fellowship Program at Radcliffe College and from various universities. 
She was a visiting instructor at Binghamton University, State University of New York for the 1973-74 academic year. She taught at Oklahoma State University and lived in Stillwater, Oklahoma until her death.
Ai had considered herself as “simply a writer” rather than a spokesperson for any particular group, given her described herself as half Japanese, Choctaw-Chickasaw, Black, Irish, Southern Cheyenne, and Comanche heritage.
 ”I call myself Ai because for a long time I didn’t want to use my own name, I didn’t like it… it means love in Japanese. But actually I was doing numerology, and A is one and I is ten and together they make eleven, and that means spiritual force and so that was the name I wanted to be under. And it also means the impersonal I, the I of the universe. I was trying to get rid of my ego. I can also write it as an Egyptian Hieroglyph.”

Ai Ogawa: Why she kicks ass

  • She was an American poet and educator, who received awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bunting Fellowship Program at Radcliffe College and from various universities. 
  • She was a visiting instructor at Binghamton University, State University of New York for the 1973-74 academic year. She taught at Oklahoma State University and lived in Stillwater, Oklahoma until her death.
  • Ai had considered herself as “simply a writer” rather than a spokesperson for any particular group, given her described herself as half JapaneseChoctaw-ChickasawBlackIrish, Southern Cheyenne, and Comanche heritage.
  •  ”I call myself Ai because for a long time I didn’t want to use my own name, I didn’t like it… it means love in Japanese. But actually I was doing numerology, and A is one and I is ten and together they make eleven, and that means spiritual force and so that was the name I wanted to be under. And it also means the impersonal I, the I of the universe. I was trying to get rid of my ego. I can also write it as an Egyptian Hieroglyph.”
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