Sequoia Nagamatsu

Fiction Writer

Minneapolis , MN

Author's Bio

Sequoia Nagamatsu is the author of the Japanese folklore inspired collection of short stories, Where We Go When All We Were Is Gone (Black Lawrence Press), an Entropy and Buzzfeed notable book and winner of a Foreword Reviews' Indies Book of the Year Award Silver Medal. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in journals such as Conjunctions, ZYZZYVA, The Fairy Tale Review,  Iowa Review, Pleiades, and Black Warrior Review. He co-edits Psychopomp Magazine, an online quarterly dedicated to innovative prose ( and is an assistant professor at St. Olaf College. He is currently working on a linked story collection and a novel.

Publications & Prizes

One World: A Global Anthology of Short Stories (New Internationalist, 2009)
Where We Go When All We Were Is Gone (Black Lawrence Press, 2016)
Prizes won: 

Foreword Reviews Indies Book of the Year Award Silver Medal 2017, Copper Nickel Editors' Prize for Prose, Finalist, 2012 Cutbank Chapbook Contest Finalist 2012 Jaimy Gordon Fiction Prize (Third Coast) Semi-Finalist, 2012 Black River Chapbook Contest, Black Lawrence Press

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Italo Calvino, Jonathan Lethem, Haruki Murakami, Brian Evenson, Victor Lavalle, Charlie Jane Anders, Kelly Link, Kevin Brockmeier, Stacey Richter, Pinckney Benedict, JG Ballard
What I'm reading now: 
The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders, Cosmology of Monsters by Shaun Hamill , Exhalation by Ted Chiang

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Asian American
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Last update: Dec 16, 2019