Sequoia Nagamatsu

Fiction Writer

Minneapolis , MN

Author's Bio

SEQUOIA NAGAMATSU is the author of the forthcoming novels, HOW HIGH WE GO IN THE DARK and GIRL ZERO (William Morrow/Harper Collins and Bloomsbury UK) and the story collection, WHERE WE GO WHEN ALL WE WERE IS GONE (Black Lawrence Press), silver medal winner of the 2016 Foreword Reviews Indies Book of the Year Award, an Entropy Magazine Best Book of 2016, and a notable book at Buzzfeed. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as Conjunctions, The Southern Review, ZYZZYVATin House, Iowa Review, Lightspeed Magazine, and One World: A Global Anthology of Short Stories, and has been listed as notable in Best American Non-Required Reading and the Best Horror of the Year. Originally from Hawaii and the San Francisco Bay Area, he was educated at Grinnell College (BA Anthropology) and Southern Illinois University (MFA Creative Writing). He co-edits Psychopomp Magazine, an online quarterly dedicated to innovative prose, and teaches at St. Olaf College (and has previously taught at the College of Idaho and the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing). He lives in the Twin Cities region of Minnesota with his wife, the writer Cole Nagamatsu, and their cat Kalahira. 

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)
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Notable in Best American Horror and Best American Non-Required Reading, 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 Power by Naomi Alderman, The Ancestor by Danielle Trussoni , Exhalation by Ted Chiang, Lot by Bryan Washington

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Last update: Jul 06, 2020