Nobuko Tsukui was a child living in Tokyo when the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings killed more than 200,000 people in 1945. She moved to the United States in September 1961 and completed her doctorate in English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has taught in Minnesota and in Washington D.C., and has dedicated her life to translating and giving life to the stories of the hibakusha - the survivors of an atomic bomb.
While at the university, Tsukui worked closely with Professor Emeritus Paul Olson. "I say without my parents, I would not have been born. Without Paul Olson, who I am now would not have existed." She is the author of The Atomic Bomb Literature of Japan: An Introduction and Translation and has translated numerous Japanese works into English.