Author Profile

Michael Pronko

Country: Japan


Michael Pronko has lived in Tokyo for twenty years, but was born in Kansas City, a very different world. After graduating from Brown University in philosophy, he hit the road, traveling around the world for two years working odd jobs. He went back to school for a Master’s in Education, and then took a teaching position in Beijing. For two years, he taught English, traveled China and wrote.

After more traveling and two more degrees, another M.A. in Comparative Literature in Madison, Wisconsin and a PhD in English at the University of Kent at Canterbury, he finally settled in Tokyo as a professor of American Literature at Meiji Gakuin University. His seminars focus on contemporary novels and film adaptations, and he teaches other classes in American indie film and American music and art.

Pronko has published three award-winning collections of essays: Motions and Moments: More Essays on Tokyo (Raked Gravel Press 2015), Tokyo’s Mystery Deepens (Raked Gravel Press 2014), and Beauty and Chaos: Essays on Tokyo (Raked Gravel Press 2014). He has published books in Japanese and two textbooks in both English and Japanese.

Over the years in Tokyo, he has written regular columns for many publications: The Japan Times, Newsweek Japan, Jazznin, ST Shukan, Jazz Colo[u]rs, and Artscape Japan. He runs his own website Jazz in Japan ( He also continues to publish academic articles and helps run a conference on teaching literature. More at:

Awards for Motions and Moments: More Essays on Tokyo
Gold Award Readers' Favorite Non-Fiction Cultural
Gold Award Travel Writing Global E-Book Awards
Gold Award Non-Fiction Authors Association
Gold Honoree Benjamin Franklin Digital Awards
Silver Medal Independent Publisher Book Awards
Indiefab Finalist Forewords Book of the Year Contest
Indie Groundbreaking Book Independent Publisher Book Review
Finalist National Indie Excellence Awards
Finalist International Book Awards
Finalist Foreword's Book of the Year Awards
Finalist Independent Author Network

Awards for Beauty and Chaos
First Place Gold Prize for Cultural Non-Fiction Reader's Favorite 2015 Book Awards
Gold Award Winner in Non-Fiction Book Awards 2015
Gold Creative Nonfiction Elit Awards 2015
Silver Travel Essay Elit Awards 2015

Awards for Tokyo's Mystery Deepens
Gold Creative Nonfiction Elit Awards 2015
Silver Travel Essay Elit Awards 2015


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