Motoyuki Shibata taught American literature and literary translation at the University of Tokyo till March 2014. He is the founder and editor of Monkey, a literary quarterly in Japanese, and of Monkey Business(monkeybusinessmag.tumblr.com), an English-language annual focusing on new writing from Japan. He is the leading translator of contemporary American fiction and has translated over fifty books by many different writers, including Paul Auster, Stuart Dybek, and Steven Millhauser. The American Narcissus, his collection of critical essays, received the Suntory Prize for Social Sciences and Humanities in 2005. He is also the author of a short story collection titledValentine.
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