Elisse Ota ’11 talks to NER intern Bel Spelman ’23 about the influence learning Japanese has on her writing and storytelling.
He was my writer. The writer whose verse I could recite on loop, by memory, whose words were literally etched into my skin. I’d read him first in high school on the recommendation of my punk friend, Ella, who used to scribble Patti Smith lyrics on her forearms during homeroom and had received, at fifteen, a lifelong ban from Urban Outfitters and its sister store Anthropologie . . .