I write an essay series for Catapult called The Monster in the Mirror, which uses East Asian legends to interrogate our contemporary fears. My work has been featured in the New York Times, Electric Literature, Passages North, Woman’s Day, and more.

Selected Essays

Tamago – The Willowherb Review (September 2021)

Writing in Cycles – Catapult (September 2021, forthcoming)

A Reading Genealogy – Oh Reader (September 2020) *Print only

Does My Child’s Name Erase My Identity? – The New York Times (May 2020) *A version of this article appears in print on May 10, 2020, Section ST, Page 3 of the New York edition with the headline: What’s in a Name? Quite a Lot.

Ali Wong’s Memoir Isn’t Just About Asian Americans– It’s Written to Us and For Us – Electric Literature (December 2019)

I’m a Mother With Bipolar Disorder – Family Story (November 2019)

The Night ParadeWhat God Is Honored Here anthology (University of Minnesota Press, 2019) *Print only

Return, and Return – Passages North *Print only

And Still They Try to Tell Us – Diverging (2019)

Dreamscape 8: The Anatomy of Wanting and Forgetting – Bat City Review (2015)

Dreamscape 2: Dear Pinocchio – Baltimore Review (2013)

Dreamscape 1: A Healing – The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts (2013)

In the H – Niche Magazine (2012)

Miles – Escape into Life *Pushcart Prize nominee (2011)

Halloween and the Pandemic – Woman’s Day (September 2020)

Short Stories

The Sole Keeper – [PANK] (2015)

Savasana – r.kv.r.y (2012)

Articles & Interviews

As Senior Editor at Anti-Racism Daily, I also contribute to our newsletter, which reaches 100,000+ subscribers and 350,000+ Instagram followers. Some of my most popular ARD articles discuss Japanese American incarceration and the model minority myth.

NILPPA Builds Framework for Understanding Programs – Library Journal (August 2020)

Write Between the Lines: Four Women Discuss Race, Art, and Writing – Superstition Review Blog (co-written, 2017)

42nd Street Review –  Third Coast Review (2016)

The Shape of Things Review –  Third Coast Review (2016)

Safe Spaces at Sappho’s Salon – Third Coast Review (2016)

Interview with Mare Swallow [+ Part Two] – Gapers Block (2015)


In the Face of Trump, Writers Resist – John Wilmes, The Chicago Reader

Me, My Shelf, and I: Jami Nakamura Lin – Laura Pearson, The Chicago Tribune (March 2015)