About the Author:

Karen Tei Yamashita is the author of Through the Arc of the Rain Forest, Brazil-Maru, Tropic of Orange, Circle K Cycles, I Hotel, and Anime Wong, all published by Coffee House Press. I Hotel was selected as a finalist for the National Book Award and awarded the California Book Award, the American Book Award, the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association Award, and the Association for Asian American Studies Book Award. She has been a US Artists Ford Foundation Fellow and co-holder of the University of California Presidential Chair for Feminist & Critical Race & Ethnic Studies. She is currently Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz.


National Book Award finalist – I Hotel

American Book Award – Through the Arc of the Rainforest

Janet Heidinger Kafka Award – Through the Arc of the Rainforest


Read an interview between Karen Tei Yamashita and Bret Anthony Johnston, director of creative writing at Harvard, on The National Book Foundation website.

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