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RICK NOGUCHI (co-author of picture book Flowers From Mariko) took his MFA in creative writing from Arizona State University.  His first collection of poems, The Wave He Caught, received the Pearl Editions Prize and was published by Pearl in 1994.  His collection The Ocean Inside Kenji Takezo won the Associated Writing Programs Award Series and was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 1996.  Flowers  From Mariko is his first children's book.  He served as the Public Programs Specialist and Grants Manager at the Japanese American National Museum and currently works as the Program Manager of the UCLA Extension Writers' Program.

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