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 ZYZZYVA, West Branch, Redivider, The Bellevue Literary Review, Hobart, Lightspeed Magazine, OMNI Reboot, Puerto Del Sol, Gargoyle, The New Delta Review, elimae, and One World: A Global Anthology of Short Stories (New Internationalist, Oxford). He was named a finalist for the 2012 Third Coast Fiction Prize and has placed in contests hosted by Cutbank and Black Lawrence Press. He is currently working on a post-apocalyptic novel hinging on disembodied consciousness and identity formation 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 will be a visiting professor at The College of Idaho for 2014-2015.
Publications and Prizes
One World: A Global Anthology of Short Stories (New Internationalist, 2009)
Bellevue Literary Review, Elimae, Gargoyle, Hobart, New Delta Review, Puerto del Sol, Redivider, Underground Voices, West Branch, Zyzzyva
Finalist, 2012 Cutbank Chapbook Contest
Finalist 2012 Jaimy Gordon Fiction Prize (Third Coast)
Semi-Finalist, 2012 Black River Chapbook Contest, Black Lawrence Press
Bear Down, Bear North by Melinda Moustakis, The Miniature Wife by Manuel Gonzales, Avatar by Evan Lavender-Smith, Evaporating Genres: Essays on Fantastic Literature by Gary Wolf
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
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: June 6, 2014