The Night Parade
My current project, The Night Parade, is named after the hyakki yagyo–the Japanese mythical night parade of one hundred demons, when spirits and supernatural creatures haunt the streets. Likewise, this collection is a compendium of the things that haunt me. Essays in this collection have appeared or are forthcoming in the New York Times, Catapult, Airbnb Magazine, and more. Much of the research for this project was conducted through my Creative Artists Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts and the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission, which allowed me to write in Japan for four months.
The Sin-Eaters is a novel based on Japanese legends and folklore.
Excerpts from The Sin-Eaters received an inaugural Walter Dean Myers Grant from We Need Diverse Books in 2015 and won a Sterling Watson MFA Fellowship from Writers in Paradise in 2017.
What We Feed Ourselves
What We Feed Ourselves is a multimedia project project on food, culture, and acculturation.With the help of four grant partners (the Minnesota State Arts Board, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, City of Minneapolis Government, and the Twin Cities Local Initiatives Support Corporation), my sister Cori spent the last year interviewing five immigrant restaurant owners and illustrating their food–the food they cook for others and the food they cook for themselves. I edited food essays from five writers from the same cultures.
In WWFO, we attempt to investigate and interrogate the ways food changes based on the path it takes, based on whose tastes (and spice tolerances!) we are entertaining, and based on who is controlling the narrative and translation.