About Amelia Fielden

Amelia Fielden is an Australian. She is a professional translator of Japanese literature, and an enthusiastic writer of tanka in English. To date Amelia has translated, or co-translated, 15 collections of  contemporary Japanese tanka.

In 2007 Amelia and co-translator, Kozue Uzawa, were awarded the Donald Keene Prize for Translation of Japanese Literature by Columbia University, New York, for their anthology Ferris Wheel, 101 Modern and Contemporary Japanese Tanka (Cheng & Tsui, Boston, 2006). Six volumes of Amelia’s own poetry have also been published. The most recent of them is the tanka collection, ‘Light on Water’ (Ginninderra Press, Australia, 2010). Amelia has also collaborated with fellow Australian poet, Kathy Kituai, to produce a book of responsive tanka in English, ‘In Two Minds’ (2008), and with Japan-born Saeko Ogi to publish ‘Weaver Birds’ (2010), responsive tanka in Japanese and English.

Amelia is married with 5 children, 7 grandchildren and 2 labradoodles. She divides her years between Australia, USA and Japan.