Hi, I’m Jami.

I am a Japanese, Taiwanese, & Okinawan American writer and reader based outside Chicago.

I write an essay column for Catapult called The Monster in the Mirror, which uses East Asian mythology to interrogate our contemporary fears. I’m working on an memoir-in-essays called The Night Parade. My work has also appeared in the New York Times, Electric Literature, Passages North, Woman’s Day, the anthology What God Is Honored Here? (University of Minnesota Press, 2019) and other publications. Read my writing here.

I’ve received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts/Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission, We Need Diverse Books, and the Writers Colony at Dairy Hollow, among others. After five years working for a public library, I now serve as Senior Editor at Anti-Racism Daily. More about me here.