Micah Tasaka

Micah Tasaka is a non-binary, queer, mixed Japanese poet from the Inland Empire, California, currently teaching English in Fukui Prefecture, Japan, as a member of the JET Program. They received their undergraduate degree in creative writing from the University of California, Riverside. Micah’s first full-length manuscript, Expansions, was released on Jamii Press in 2017. www.micahtasaka.com.

Updated May 2020

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Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column

Roots and Branches

Happy spring everyone! This month, we’re excited to feature two poets who both happen to be based in Japan. Micah Tasaka, a queer, genderfluid, mixed race Yonsei artist originally from the Inland Empire now based in Fukui prefecture; and Yoshika Wason, a second generation, mixed race artist who hails from Aomori, Japan via Massachusetts and Connecticut. Their pieces here harken back and forth from past circumstance to present choice, in reflection of the way our memories, our native tongues, our very existence, was and continues to be shaped. Enjoy. —traci kato-kiriyama * * * * …

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