Sequoia Nagamatsu grew up in Hawaii and the San Francisco Bay Area and was educated at Grinnell College in Iowa. 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. He is currently pursuing an MFA in creative writing at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale where he also teaches composition and introductory fiction and poetry. His plays have been performed in San Francisco and some of his stories have appeared or are forthcoming in journals such as ZYZZYVA, West Branch, Redivider, The Bellevue Literary Review, 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 the 2012 Cutbank Chapbook Contest. He is currently working on a post-apocalyptic novel hinging on disembodied consciousness and origin myths and a collection of short stories revolving around death, funerary practices, and various forms of disconnection.
Publications and Prizes
One World: A Global Anthology of Short Stories (New Internationalist, 2009)
Bellevue Literary Review, Elimae, Gargoyle, New Delta Review, Redivider, Underground Voices, West Branch, Zyzzyva
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami, Flame Alphabet by Ben Marcus, In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination by Margaret Atwood
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, Everything Matters by Ron Currie, Woman in the Dunes by Kobo Abe
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 29, 2012