Yuko Taniguchi was born in Yokohama, Japan and came to the United States when she was fifteen years old. She graduated from the College of St. Benedict/ St. John’s University and she earned an M.F.A. at the University of Minnesota.
Her first volume of poetry, Foreign Wife Elegy, was published by Coffee House Press in 2004. Her first novel, The Ocean in the Closet, was published by Coffee House Press in 2007. Some of her awards include finalist for The Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the Kiriyama Prize Notable Book, the Gustavus Myers Center Outstanding Book Award Advancing Human Rights, and the McKnight Artist Fellowship for Writers.
Taniguchi is an instructor of Writing in the Center for Learning Innovation at the University of Minnesota Rochester. Taniguchi has taught a variety of literature, composition and creative writing courses. Taniguchi also has been actively involved in a variety of writing workshops and seminars for patients, family and healthcare professionals at Mayo Clinic since 2004.