Tamiko Nimura


Tamiko Nimura is an Asian American (Sansei/Pinay) writer who grew up in Northern California and now lives in the Pacific Northwest. Her recent publications include pieces in New California Writing 2012, Kartika Review, Remedy Quarterly, Avidly, Edible Seattle, Full Grown People, and Discover Nikkei. She holds degrees in English from UC Berkeley and the University of Washington. She contributes regularly to The Seattle Star and the International Examiner. She has read at various venues, including the San Francisco Public Library and the Evergreen State College. She has received awards and honors from the Ford Foundation, the Japanese American Citizens League, the University of Iowa, the Asia Pacific Fund, and SheWrites. Two of her personal essays (“My Log Cabin Sukiyaki Song” and “Snapshots from a Nikkei/Filipina Album”) have been translated into Japanese, Spanish, and Portuguese by the Discover Nikkei project (Japanese American National Museum). One has been reprinted in several countries (Argentina, Brasil, Canada, Perú).

She lives with her family in Tacoma, Washington, where she taught literature and writing. She blogs here at Kikugirl, her “own private MFA.” She is currently working on a memoir and a novel.

Having earned three degrees in English already, she decided to develop her fourth degree here at Kikugirl. She now works on memoir, personal essay, poetry, and food writing here. You can find her writing elsewhere, too.  You can also read more background on the private MFA and the story behind “Kikugirl.”