Contributor Bios


Lawdenmarc Decamora holds an MFA in creative writing and teaches literature in the oldest catholic university in Asia, the University of Santo Tomas. His literary works have appeared or are forthcoming in LONTAR, TAYO Literary Magazine, We Are A Website Literary and Art Journal of Singapore, In Between Hangovers, Panoply, Mad Swirl, Chrome Baby, The Cadaverine, New Southerner, Cruising Going Places of Manila Bulletin, transit, Paper Monster Press, and Bukambibig. He is currently finishing his MA in literary and cultural studies.

Noriko Nakada writes, blogs, tweets, parents, and teaches middle school in Los Angeles. She is committed to writing thought-provoking creative non-fiction, fiction, and poetry. Publications include two book-length memoirs: Through Eyes Like Mine and Overdue Apologies, and excerpts, essays, and poetry in Lady Liberty Lit, Catapult, Meridian, Compose, Thread, Hippocampus, The Rising Phoenix Review, and Linden Avenue. Visit her website for more information.


Kawika Guillermo’s stories can be found in The Cimarron Review, Drunken Boat, Word Riot, The Hawai’i Pacific Review, Smokelong Quarterly, and decomP Magazine, where he serves as the Prose Editor. He is an Assistant Professor of Humanities and Creative Writing at Hong Kong Baptist University, where he works on prose fiction, Asian diasporic literature, and cultural studies. His non-fiction writing has appeared in journals such as American Quarterly, MELUS (Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States), and Games and Culture.

Joseph Han was born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. His fiction and poetry have appeared in Public Pool, wildness, Entropy, and AAWW’s The Margins. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in English at the University of Hawaiʻi–Mānoa, where he teaches creative writing and composition. Visit his website for more information.

Ty Kia is a Thai American high schooler and student activist growing up in the heart of the Midwest. Fascinated by the concept of entropy, he seeks to dedicate his life to studying the cultural implications of it. He has had poetry, prose, and creative nonfiction published in Rambutan Literary, L'Éphèmére Review, Rising Phoenix Review, Lunch Ticket, and others. He is a reader for Glass Kite Anthology and The Ellis Review and was a founding member of the latter. He can be reached via Twitter.

Christopher James Llego is a Filipino American writer and editor. He is a graduate of Cornell University, where he studied Comparative Literature and Gender Studies. His fiction has appeared in RICE Magazine, Death in the Afternoon, and Kitsch Magazine.

Anna Vangala Jones’s fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in print and online publications such as Kartika Review, The MacGuffin, Fiction Southeast, and The Airgonaut, among others. Her stories have earned honorable mention at Glimmer Train and placed as finalist and semi-finalist at Gigantic Sequins and Ruminate. She was born in India and raised in Pennsylvania. She now lives in California with her husband, who was born in South Korea and raised in North Carolina, and their two children. Visit her online and find her on Twitter @anniejo_17.


Shefali Desai is currently revising her hybrid memoir, which was selected as a finalist by author Lidia Yuknavitch in the 2106 Kore Press memoir competition. Her work has been published widely, including in Ms. Magazine, the UCLA Women‘s Law Journal, and the anthology This Bridge We Call Home. In addition to her creative writing, Shefali is co-authoring a legal paper on federal and state regulatory power over so-called sanctuary cities and litigating a gender-based asylum case. Visit her website or follow her on Twitter @shefalimdesai.

Jane Hseu is an Associate Professor of English at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, who specializes in Asian American and Latino/a literature. She has published academic essays on Asian American and Latino/a performance poetry and Asian American literature and the US West. Her current projects hybridize personal and academic writing, and she is working on a memoir about growing up Chinese American evangelical Christian with depressive and anxiety disorders and a family history of mental illness.

Queennie Ladera was born in Quezon City, Philippines before moving to Seattle with her family in 1993. She works for one of the busiest library systems in Washington State and is making strides toward becoming a librarian herself. When not reading, writing, or researching information, she spends her free time hiking lush Evergreen trails, Instagramming nature shots, and binge-watching Netflix with her husband and two fur children, Kittums and Penny.


Anne Mai Yee Jansen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English and the Director of US Ethnic Studies at UNC Asheville. Her current research focuses on the relationship between form and politics in 20th and 21st century US ethnic literature, with a focus on genre fiction.

Tamiko Nimura is a Sansei/Pinay writer, originally from Northern California and now living in Tacoma, Washington. Her work has appeared in HYPHEN, Kartika Review, Full Grown People, Discover Nikkei, and the International Examiner. She is co-writing a graphic novel for the Wing Luke Asian Museum about Japanese American wartime resistance. She was interviewed recently by The Rumpus in Deesha Philyaw’s VISIBLE: Women Writers of Color series. She can be found at her blog, Kikugirl, and on Twitter @TamikoN.


Paul Lai lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his partner and their two dogs in a 104-year-old house. He works as a manager of website and information resources, and he also occasionally staffs the reference desk at public libraries in the suburbs of the Twin Cities. He reads, studies, reviews, teaches, and publishes essays on Asian American literature, among other literary and cultural topics.

Published September 15, 2017