a.p.saito is descended from Japanese, Irish and Austro-Hungarian immigrants. Born in Los Angeles, California, he has lived in Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, and now Iowa, where is is a graduate student in the Iowa Playwrights Workshop. Writing mentors have included Cherrie Moraga, Octavio Solis, Marcus Gardley, and Naomi Wallace. Influences include Li-Young Lee, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Pablo Neruda. His favorite volume of poetry is Diez colores nuevos by Otto-Raul Gonzalez.


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