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She graduated from the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University and from the University of Minnesota with a M.F.A.
- 2008 American Book Award (The Before Columbus Foundation)
- Finalist, The Dayton Literary Peace Prize 
- Finalist, 11th Annual Asian American Literary Awards
- 2008 Kiriyama Prize Notable Book
- 15th Annual Skipping Stones Honor Awards
- Finalist, Literary Fiction category for ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Awards
- Honorable Mention, The 2007 Gustayus Myers Center Outstanding Book Awards Advancing Human Rights
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 9, 2010. Retrieved October 20, 2009.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- http://www.csbsju.edu/csbalum/news/2008/08/Yuko_taniguchi.htm[permanent dead link]
- "The Ocean in the Closet is a 2007 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award finalist". Foreword Reviews. Retrieved 30 October 2018.