Kirsten Imani Kasai

San Diego, CA

Author's Bio

Kirsten Imani Kasai, MFA, is the author of three novels: The House of Erzulie (2018, Shade Mountain Press), Ice Song and Tattoo (2009 and 2001, Random House), poetry, short fiction and essays. She's a magazine editor with more than a decade of experience in print and online publishing. As a writer and artist, her goals are to redefine prevalent cultural images of women and motherhood; to question the nature of gender roles; to establish a feminine vision of the future not rooted in technological alienation and destruction; and, of course, to write killer stories that satisfy the human lust for action, sex, love, violence and intrigue. She's also available for developmental editing, fiction/book coaching gigs, speaking engagements, workshops, lectures and teaching presentations about craft and the writing life.

Publications and Prizes

Ice Song
(Random House, 2009)
, Tattoo
(Random House, 2011)
, The House of Erzulie
(Shade Mountain Press, 2018)
Prizes Won: 
2014, Library Research Award, Antioch University Los Angeles—“Redefining Utopia: How Feminist Utopian Literature Can Serve as a Model for Creating Workable Futures”

Personal Favorites

Favorite Authors: 
Angela Carter

More Information

Listed as: 
Fiction Writer
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Identifies as: 
African American, Feminist, G/L/B/T, Irish American, Mixed Race
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Born in: 
Denver, CO
Raised in: 
Denver, CO
by degrees: first, second and third i was not trying to be difficult. too this, you moaned. too that. it just … happened. how else could i express to you the brutal, cosmic scope of my love? it was as if i’d held your hand to the naked blue flame and dared you not to flinch.
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Last updated: Apr 03, 2018