Born in Columbus Ohio in 1971, Jeffrey Angles earned his Ph.D. in Japanese literature from Ohio State University in 2004.
Angles's many translations of contemporary Japanese poetry include Soul Dance: Poems of Takako Arai (Mi'Te Press, 2009); Killing Kanoko: Selected Poems of Ito Hiromi (Action Books, 2009); Forest of Eyes: Selected Poems of Tada Chimako (University of California Press, 2010) which was selected for the 2011 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award from the Academy of American Poets; and Intimate Worlds Enclosed by Takahashi Mutsuo (Kawamura Memorial Museum, 2010).
Much of Angles's academic work focuses on historical studies of ideology within Japanese literature. His book Writing the Love of Boys: Origins of Bishonen Culture in Japanese Modernist Literature (University of Minnesota Press, 2011) explores representations of same-sex love in early twentieth-century Japanese poetry and prose. Among his other critical work, Angles has also produced commentary for Kenji Mizoguchi's Sansho the Bailiff, put out by Criterion Collection.
His numerous awards include a Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature, the PEN Club of America Translation Grant, and a National Endowment for the Arts Translation Grant. Angles is currently an associate professor of Japanese and translation at Western Michigan University.