Born in December 1975, in Tokyo, Kika Hotta has studied at Brown University and Princeton University before attending University of Tokyo’s Ph.D. program. He is a poet and translator and has translated poems in classic haiku and tanka styles to English, Japanese, Chinese and French. His mentors include Kane Kasugi and Minoru Ozawa. He has also adopted the haiku theories of Ban’ya Natsuishi.
He is a winner of a number of awards including the third Shiba Fukio Haiku New Talent Encouragement Award, the 13th Sawa New Talent Award (both for haiku), the second Ishikawa Takuboku Prize and the Chuubu Tanka New Talent Award (both for tanka).