Forthcoming Events

Information on The Night Parade book tour will be released soon! If you are interested in booking me for an event, please contact me here..

Past Events

Stories That Travel: Mythology, Folklore, and Diaspora, with Jami Nakamura Lin, Cori Nakamura Lin, Anna Cai, and Katherine Kelaidis. October 27th, 2022.

Stories That Travel: Mythology, Folklore, and Diaspora
Thursday, October 27th, 2022 @ 6:30pm
@ the National Hellenic Museum
with Cori Nakamura Lin, Anna Cai, and Katherine Kelaidis

Myth and Monsters in Memoir: Using Folklore to Structure Personal Writing
AWP Conference, March 24, 2022
With Carmen Maria Machado, Jess Zimmerman, and Sofia Samatar
Folklore, fairy tales, and myths persist because they tell us stories about ourselves—where we come from, what we should value, what we should fear. These stories exist to establish the boundaries of what we see as possible, desirable, and laudable. As writers, we can also make use of folklore to define our own stories—whether we embrace the cultural narrative or reject it. The authors on this panel will discuss how to harness mythological figures and tropes to give shape to personal writing.

A Misfit of Ghosts: How Haunted Memoir Rethinks the Real
AWP Conference, March 24, 2022
With Elissa Washuta, J. Nicole Jones, Bruce Owens Grimm, & Steffan Triplett

Haunted memoir unsettles traditional notions of memoir and nonfiction as it engages with ghosts, both metaphoric and actual, to examine what haunts us collectively and individually. In this session, panelists will discuss the various forms hauntings have taken in their work, how haunted memoir pushes against the constraints of normative nonfiction, as well as discuss how they create their ghosts on the page.

Day of Remembrance: Japanese American Incarceration
Saturday, February 19, 2022 @ 7pm CST
Colorado College (Virtual)
With Brandon Shimoda, Brynn Saito, Patrick Shiroishi, & Kimiko Tanabe

Yōkai Banzai! @ Japanese American Service Committee
August 19, 2021 @ 6:30pm
With Cori Nakamura Lin and Kiyoshi Mino
A conversation on creative modern interpretations of yōkai by three Chicagoland Japanese American artists. What do yokai signify in today’s culture and climate? What still haunts us today?

Food and Storytelling Workshop @ Eureka Springs Library
June 29, 2021 @ 1pm

The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow (WCDH) is pleased to present a workshop for young writers in collaboration with the Eureka Springs Carnegie Public Library’s children’s summer program series. What We Feed Ourselves: Food and Storytelling, is instructed by Jami Nakamura Lin, the winner of the WCDH 2020 Real People, Real Struggles, Real Stories fellowship. The workshop is free and appropriate for ages ten through high school. It will follow a free lunch provided to children 18 and under by the Flint Street Food Bank.

Poetluck @ Dairy Hollow
March 18, 2021 @ 6:30pm
Virtual reading for recent fellowship winners with the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow.

Day of Remembrance @ Chicago History Museum
February 16, 2020 @ 2pm
Reading with other members of the Japanese American community in honor of the Day of Remembrance.

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