Juliet S. Kono

Juliet S. Kono has written two books of poetry, a short story collection, and several children’s books. She has been widely anthologized, most recently in Imagine What It’s Like, which combines literature and medicine. Her most recent book is Anshū, a historical novel about World War II, published in 2010. Ms. Kono has won several awards, most notably the American Japanese National Literary Award and U.S./Japan Friendship Commission Creative Artists Exchange Fellowship in 1999. In 2006 she won the Hawai’i Award for Literature. Born and raised in Hilo, Hawai’i, she now lives in Honolulu with her husband and teaches writing as an associate professor at Leeward Community College.

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Speaking Up! Democracy, Justice, Dignity

A Much Debated Question

“Poetic license?…” appears to be the hot topic of the day, and is a much debated question. What liberties, and how much can a writer of something historical take in his or her representations? This is the question that was posed to our panel at the recent JANM conference in Seattle that Professor Steven Sumida of the University of Washington convened and moderated. I can neither speak for Joy Kogawa nor Naomi Hirahara, my fellow panelists, concerning the dynamics of this topic, but I do believe that all of us have faced this problem in one way or another in the course of ...

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