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Sequoia Nagamatsu

Author's Bio

Sequoia Nagamatsu grew up in Hawaii and the San Francisco Bay Area and was educated at Grinnell College (BA) in Iowa and at Southern Illinois University (MFA). Over the past years, he has worked as a large scale event planner, a teacher, a historical city tour guide on an amphibious vehicle, and in various capacities in the theatre and performing arts world. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in journals such as Conjunctions, ZYZZYVA, West Branch, Redivider, The Bellevue Literary Review, Lightspeed Magazine, The Fairy Tale Review, Puerto Del Sol, Gargoyle, and One World: A Global Anthology of Short Stories (New Internationalist). He is currently working on a novel and two collections of short stories (one inspired by Japanese myths and pop culture and another revolving around patterns in the evolution of societies). He co-edits Psychopomp Magazine (http://psychopompmag.com) and is a visiting professor at The College of Idaho in the Boise area.

Publications and Prizes

Anthologies:
One World: A Global Anthology of Short Stories (New Internationalist, 2009)
Journals:
Bat City Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Conjunctions, Elimae, Fairy Tale Review, Gargoyle, Hobart, Monkeybicycle, New Delta Review, Puerto del Sol, Redivider, West Branch, Zyzzyva
Prizes:
Finalist, 2012 Cutbank Chapbook Contest Finalist 2012 Jaimy Gordon Fiction Prize (Third Coast) Semi-Finalist, 2012 Black River Chapbook Contest, Black Lawrence Press

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Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
Bear Down, Bear North by Melinda Moustakis, Architectures of Possibility by Lance Olsen, Ten Nights of Dreams by Natsume Soseki , Evaporating Genres: Essays on Fantastic Literature by Gary Wolf
Favorite Books:
Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami, The Passage by Justin Cronin, 100 Years of Solitude by Marquez, Motherless Brooklyn by Lethem, The Famished Road by Ben Okri, Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino, Everything Matters by Ron Currie, Woman in the Dunes by Kobo Abe, Solaris by Stanislaw Lem
Favorite Authors:
Kevin Brockmeier, Jonathan Lethem, Italo Calvino, Stacey Richter, Gabriel G. Marquez, Margaret Atwood, Anthony Doerr, William Trevor, Charles D'Ambrosio, Ursula K. Le Guin, Haruki Murakami, Jose Saramago. Peter S. Beagle, J.G. Ballard

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Listing last updated: November 3, 2014

More Information

Listed as:
Fiction Writer
Gives readings?
Yes
Travels for readings?
Yes
Identifies as:
Asian American
Prefers to work with:
Any
Fluent in:
English
Born in:
CA
Raised in:
CA

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