Tamiko Nimura: My Writing Portfolio
I write about issues that interest me including (but not limited to) books, food, family, race, diversity, education, yoga, fine arts, and Asian America.
As an editor, I’ve provided developmental editing for two book manuscripts. I’ve copy-edited articles, history books, websites, newsletters, and other direct mass mailings. I’ve coached college and high school students in a number of writing assignments and contexts. I worked as managing editorial assistant at an academic journal for two years, which gave me a strong understanding of the editorial and publication process. As a former educator, I always try to encourage writers by pointing out the best parts of their writing, and then asking questions or making suggestions for making their work even stronger.
I’m always looking for interesting opportunities to work with interesting people and organizations. Please feel free to send me a message (kikugirl at kikugirl dot net) if you’d like to work with me or know more about my work.
Current Projects (Winter 2016)
- For a third year, I am writing a commissioned yearlong series on being Nikkei in the Pacific Northwest for Discover Nikkei. (The series began in 2014 and will continue into Summer 2017)
- I am doing some consulting, research and writing for Artifacts Historic Preservation Inc. in Tacoma, Washington.
- I write occasionally for The Seattle Star as well as the International Examiner.
- I provide social media support (website maintenance, copywriting, blogging, Facebook, Pinterest, newsletter) for Source Yoga in Tacoma and University Place, Washington.
- I have just completed two topics related to Japanese American history in Pierce County for HistoryLink, the Washington state online encyclopedia. One is the history of Tacoma’s Japantown.
- I have just completed a large web writing project for South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia, Washington.
Food Publications, Literary Magazines, and Anthologies
- D is for Daughter, Full Grown People (June 2016)
- Break, Burn, Hoard: For An Atlas of Lost Afro-Asian Worlds (with Vince Schleitwiler) (Spring 2016)
- “David Ishii, Bookseller: A Bookstore of Our Own,” Ghosts of Seattle Past, forthcoming
- The Sunday Rumpus Interview: A Roundtable on Writing, Editing, and Race. The Rumpus (March 2016) (co-written with Jennifer Niesslein, Lisa Factora-Borchers, Patrice Gopo, Deesha Philyaw)
- Love Songs and Love Songs, Full Grown People (June 2014)
- The Feast That Makes a Family, Edible Seattle (January/February 2014). Reprinted in Discover Nikkei
- My Log Cabin Sukiyaki Song, Remedy Quarterly (Issue 7, December 2011). Reprinted in the Nikkei Chronicles Itadakimasu series, October 2012. Reprinted in the Nikkei Voice (Canada, March 2013). Also translated into Spanish and reprinted in the Perú Shimpo (February 2013), and Alternativa Nikkei (Argentina, April 2013), and translated into Japanese and reprinted in the Nikkey Shimbun (Brasil, April 2013).
- How It Feels To Inherit Camp, Kartika Review (Spring 2011). Republished in the anthology New California Writing 2012 (Heyday, April 2012) and the Kartika Review Anthology 2011.
- Response to Andrei Kozlov’s “The Boxer,” Crosscurrents Literary Review (Spring 2011)
Web Writing Portfolio
- C. Rosalind Bell, “Standing In the Middle of a Secret” [interview] (11/13/15)
- An Interview with Jaimee Garbacik, Curator of Ghosts of Seattle Past Project (8/6/15)
- “Infinity and Chashu Ramen: An Interview with Kerwin Berk” (8/29/14)
- Yelp and Yellowface: Nikkei Protests and the Mikado in 2014 (7/25/14)
- Kickstarting Seattle’s Parks: The Star Interviews Omar Willey about ‘Natural Advantages’ (7/14/14)
- From “A Mess of Intense Moments” to Meaning: The Seattle Star Interviews Megan Sukys (1/24/14)
- The Retelling: Talking to the National Parks Service about Tule Lake (9/28/13)
- Of No-No Boy and No-No Boys: At the Seattle Japanese American National Museum Conference (7/25/13)
- Three Boxes, One Classroom: Another Argument for Food Banks (3/3/13)
- Series: “The Finest Work Songs: A Tour of Seattle Artists Working Together” (on Seattle-area artistic collaborations): (10/9/12) (10/15/12, Alan Lau and Susie Kozawa) (1/17/13, Jürg Koch and Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring) (4/17/13, Gabrielle Nomura and The Relay Dance Collective); Joshua Parmenter and Phil Kline’s Unsilent Night (12/17/13); Rosalind Bell and “Miles of Words That Matter” (2/15/13)
- Life, Death, Computers, Books, Baseball: Seattle Star Interviews Laurie Frankel (8/4/12)
- Why Ichiro’s Departure Makes This Nikkei Girl Sad” (7/24/12). Reprinted (8/2/12) in Discover Nikkei, web project of the Japanese American National Museum.
- Series, “The Show Must Go On” (a “working artist” series about preparing for Drunken Telegraph, a storytelling show) (4/10/12) (4/17/12) (4/27/12) (5/4/12) (5/16/12) (5/22/12) (6/1/12) (6/11/12) (7/6/12, includes link to audio)
- “From Puyallup to the Present: Day of Remembrance Events, 2012″(2/17/12)
- “Method Acting for Writers: Seattle Star Interviews Author Krys Lee” (2/7/12)
Discover Nikkei (Web Project of the Japanese American National Museum)
- Commissioned 3-year series on being Nikkei in the Pacific Northwest:
Seattlest.com (Ethnic food reviews, previews, Q&As, arts, and events)
International Examiner (Asian American news, book reviews, profiles, and culture)
- Against Forgetting Nagasaki and Nuclear War: An Interview with Susan Southard (8/4/16)
- Profile of artist June Sekiguchi (3/6/16))
- “How Does Anybody Become An Artist?”: An Interview with Allen Say (12/21/15) (Reprinted in Discover Nikkei)
- Little Kunoichi is kid-tested, kid-approved (12/17/15) (Reprinted in Discover Nikkei)
- “Paradox of Place” a beautifully curated exhibition (11/25/15)
- Muses Fashion Studio Matches Immigrants, Refugees with Opportunities (8/13/15)
- Better School Lunches, A Better World: UW Grad Student Christine Tran on School Nutrition (5/14/15)
- Roundup review of 4 Asian/Asian American children’s books (12/20/14)
- Profile of artist Fumiko Kimura (10/28/14)
- Infinity and Chashu Ramen: Nisei Actor Hiroshi Kashiwagi Roams The Streets of Japantown (9/5/14)
- Profile of artist Shin Yu Pai (8/2/14)
- Book review of On Such a Full Sea, by Chang-Rae Lee (1/12/14)
- Book review of The Valley of Amazement, by Amy Tan (9/21/13)
- Book review of The Garden of Evening Mists, by Tan Twan Eng (8/7/13) (For Pacific Reader, IE’s Literary Supplement)
- Book review of The Mango Bride, by Marivi Soliven (8/7/13) (For Pacific Reader, IE’s Literary Supplement)
- Book review of Dear America: The Fences Between Us, by Kirby Larsen (6/20/12) (For Pacific Reader, IE’s Literary Supplement)
- Book review of Bitter In the Mouth, by Monique Truong (9/19/11)
- “Is the API Youth Movement We’ve Been Waiting For?” (9/7/11)
- Book review of Anshu (Dark Sorrow), by Juliet Kono (For Pacific Reader, IE’s Literary Supplement, 7/20/11)
- “Instructions To All Persons of Japanese Ancestry” (poem), Heron Tree, 12/11/16
- Tacoma Neighborhoods: Japantown (Nihonmachi), HistoryLink (10/16)
- Review of Kamome: A Japanese Tsunami Boat Returns Home (HYPHEN) (6/2/16)
- Review of Girl In Glass, HYPHEN magazine (2/9/16)
- The Tapestry of This Moment (On the Rago Arts Auction), Nichibei (6/11/15)
- A Smart Way To Boost Your Child’s Confidence, FamilyFun Magazine, April 2015
- Get On The Bus, ParentMap.com (8/18/14)
- I’ve been writing, reprinted on Avidly (4/25/13) (part of their series on the experience and labor of writing)
- As We Leave This Place” reprinted on LovedLettered (8/1/12)
- Storyteller in Drunken Telegraph: From Pine Plank to Living Tree (Tacoma, 6/5/12)
- Featured on KUOW (Seattle NPR affiliate), “Chicken Adobo Tastes Like Home” (original air date 9/24/11)
- Book review and profile, Shauna James Ahern (Arches Magazine, Autumn 2010)
- Finalist excerpt, SheWrites “Passion Project” nonfiction contest (2010)