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Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column

Encircle, In Dance

Maiya Kuida-OsumiJenni “Emiko” KuidaTony OsumiEvelyn Yoshimuratraci kato-kiriyama

For this month’s Nikkei Uncovered, we wave goodbye to the Obon season with special reflections from a family of activist/artists and a local legend & community organizer. Maiya, Jenni, and Tony Kuida-Osumi share with us poems that tie the dance we do in commemoration of ancestors at Obon, with homage …

Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column


Mia Ayumi MalhotraHeather Nagamitraci kato-kiriyama

Welcome to poetic homage with this month’s Nikkei Uncovered column. From Tucson, Arizona-based, Heather Nagami, and San Francisco Bay Area-based, Mia Ayumi Malhotra, we have the pleasure of hearing from two Kundiman fellow authors, who speak of the women who hold us, shape our contexts, and grip at the sensibility …

Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column

In Community

traci kato-kiriyamatraci ishigo

For this time of Ramadan and in honor of the longstanding, ever-building relationship between the Japanese American and Muslim communities, I thought I would so very gratefully share this space with one of my own pieces alongside poetry from one of my community sisters, traci ishigo—a super wonderful creative organizer, …

Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column

To Spring

Brynn SaitoTamiko Beyertraci kato-kiriyama

In our last moments of spring, we’re making room for both reflection and movement forward. I invited this month’s guest poets to share some poetry on the broad themes of “spring” in terms of reflecting, looking ahead, making strides, leaving, leaping—whether with joy or exasperation or anything in between. We’re …

Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column


Miya IwatakiRyan Masaaki Yokotatraci kato-kiriyama

Welcome back to this month’s edition of Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column. As we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the signing of E.O. 9066 and the 50th anniversary of the official Manzanar Pilgrimage, we look to the virtues of and stories behind resistance with pieces from Los Angeles Sansei writer …

Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column


Mari NakanoKenji C. Liutraci kato-kiriyama

This month, we feature a visual artist based in New York, Mari Nakano, and a poet based in Los Angeles, Kenji Liu. Their writings speak to language—on words nudging a new mother to invention and genderless wordplay. There is a personal stretching and exploratory vibrancy with each of their works. …

Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column


Toshi WashizuSuma Yagitraci kato-kiriyama

This month we feature Suma Yagi, an 89-year-old Nisei based in Seattle whose family was sent to Minidoka during World War II, and Toshi Washizu, a filmmaker originally from Japan who is now based in San Francisco. In light of the commemoration of Executive Order 9066 and the 75th anniversary …

Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column


Sean MiuraMari L'Esperancetraci kato-kiriyama

Happy 2017, everyone! With quite the gripping year behind us, I find myself needing to look ahead from a grounded place and in order to do so, I look to all kinds of conversations and all forms of art. To fill up on inspiration, in the way we filled up …

Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column


Amy UyematsuHiroshi Kashiwagitraci kato-kiriyama

For the column’s inaugural post, we wanted to begin with the theme of place, location, and community and to highlight two veteran poets—Hiroshi Kashiwagi, Nisei poet based in San Francisco since 1962, and Amy Uyematsu, Sansei poet and native Angeleno. We are excited to begin with two writers who dedicate …

an homage for Yuri Kochiyama - read at the Los Angeles Memorial for Yuri on August 31, 2014

traci kato-kiriyama

an homage for Yuri… — You were  the first stamp on the letter for the least likely to receive  the last one to forget a face 

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Pronouns: she/her. writer/actor/theatre deviser/community organizer/educator/facilitator/author; current director/co-founder for Tuesday Night Project, presenter of the Tuesday Night Cafe art+community series in Little Tokyo; author for Writ Large Press; writer/actor of PULLproject Ensemble with aerialist/actor Kennedy Kabasares; steering committee member of the VigilantLove network against violence and Islamophobia (and for justice, solidarity and love by any means necessary:); member of the Okaeri Nikkei LGBTQ network.

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  • family stories
  • festival/matsuri
  • Japanese/Nikkei food
  • Japantowns
  • art (performance and visual; contemporary and traditional); politics; spiritual practices/religious history; Nikkei diaspora.

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