Contributor Bios


Seo-Young Chu teaches at Queens College, CUNY. Her publications include "Hwabyung Fragments," "Chogakpo Fantasia," "I, Stereotype: Detained in the Uncanny Valley," and Do Metaphors Dream of Literal Sleep? A Science-Fictional Theory of Representation.

Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan is an assistant professor of global Anglophone literature at the University of Nevada, Reno. She is also a journalist and occasional poet, with bylines in a range of public and scholarly venues including, L.A. Review of Books, Guernica, Public Books, The Caravan, and Himal Southasian. Ragini was editor of India Currents from 2007–2009 and wrote an award-winning, syndicated column for that magazine from 2001–2016. She holds a Ph.D. in Rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley. For more on Ragini’s writing, research, and teaching, visit

Anthony Tao’s poetry has appeared in journals such as Prairie Schooner, Borderlands, Cottonwood, Asian Cha, Naugatuck River Review, Five 2 One, and Poetry East West, plus an anthology of China writing called While We're Here. He lives in Beijing, where he recently coordinated the international China Bookworm Literary Festival, is the founding editor of the news/society/culture blog Beijing Cream, and co-captains the city’s premier Ultimate Frisbee team. He tweets sporadically @anthonytao.

Yuan Changming, nine-time Pushcart and one-time Best of Net nominee, started to learn English at 19 and published monographs on translation before moving out of China. With a Canadian PhD in English, Yuan currently edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Yuan in Vancouver. Credits include BestNewPoemsOnline, Best Canadian Poetry, Threepenny Review, and 1269 others across 38 countries.


Anna Dong has contributed to the Sun Magazine and won the memoir and creative nonfiction awards in the Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition. Having tried (and failed) to survive in far-flung places like Kotzebue, Alaska and Atitlán, Guatemala, she relocated back to Berkeley, CA. By day, she works on the teeth of poor, underserved children; in the evenings, she can be found in Afro-Cuban dance classes. She bikes (or swims when it rains) to work and to her classes. She adores her rodent, Saj, and always feeds him organic, low-salt treats.

Rashaan Alexis Meneses has received fellowships at The MacDowell Colony and The International Retreat for Writers at Hawthornden Castle, UK. Her fiction and non-fiction has been featured in various journals and anthologies, including Puerto Del SolNew Letters, BorderSensesKurungabaaThe Coachella ReviewPembroke Magazine, Doveglion Press, and the anthology Growing Up Filipino II: More Stories for Young Adults. Visit her online at

Kimarlee Nguyen was born and raised in Revere, Massachusetts, and received her BA in English from Vassar College. A full-time English teacher at the Brooklyn Latin School, she recently received her MFA in creative writing from Long Island University Brooklyn. She was a participant in the 2014 Cullman Center Institute for Teachers and is a 2017 recipient of the Teacher and Librarian Scholarship to the Key West Literary Seminar. Her fiction has previously appeared in Drunken Boat, Hyphen, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, the Adroit Journal, Day One, and PANK and is forthcoming in the Opiate and an anthology published by Third Woman Press.


Kristiana Kahakauwila is a hapa writer of kanaka maoli (Native Hawaiian), Norwegian, and German descent. An associate professor of creative writing at Western Washington University, she is the author of This Is Paradise: Stories (Hogarth, 2013). She is currently writing a novel set on the island of Maui.

Hana Chittenden Maruyama is a PhD student in American Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She previously worked for the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center.

Sandra Mizumoto Posey is an Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She has also held positions at several other institutions—some short, some long—where over the course of almost two decades she has taught classes on a dizzying array of topics (because she thinks she can and so far no one has told her otherwise). However, she is wise enough to leave subjects like physics to the physicists. Prior to moving to Denver, her last position was Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary General Education at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She began as an artist and somehow fell into academia, earning her Ph.D. in Folklore from UCLA. Her published works, though sporadically produced and inconsistent in form, span a range from poetry and creative nonfiction to ethnography and social justice pedagogy. On many levels, she has a difficult time sticking with one thing. She thinks that may improve with age, but doesn’t exactly hold out high hopes that it will actually happen.

Victoria Wong enjoys cooking, eating, and writing about food. Much like her father and grandma, she shows her love by feeding others. She lives in Cambridge, MA, with her chef husband, who keeps her well-fed at all times.


Rajiv Mohabir is the author of two collections of poetry The Taxidermist’s Cut (Four Way Books 2016), which won the Four Way Books Intro Poetry Prize, and The Cowherd’s Son (Tupelo Press, May 2017), winner of the Kundiman Prize. He received his MFA from Queens College and will be completing his PhD at the University of Hawai‘i later this year. To read more of his work, visit

Craig Santos Perez is a native Chamorro from the Pacific Island of Guam. He is the author of three books, most recently from unincorporated territory [guma’], which received an American Book Award 2015. He is an associate professor in the English department at the University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa.

Barbara Janes Reyes is the author of To Love as Aswang (Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc., 2015). She was born in Manila, Philippines, raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is the author of three previous collections of poetry, Gravities of Center (Arkipelago Books, 2003), Poeta en San Francisco (Tinfish Press, 2005), which received the James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets, and Diwata (BOA Editions, Ltd., 2010), which received the Global Filipino Literary Award for Poetry. She is also the author of the chapbooks Easter Sunday (Ypolita Press, 2008), Cherry (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, 2008), and For the City that Nearly Broke Me (Aztlán Libre Press, 2012). Her fifth full-length poetry collection, Invocation to Daughters, is forthcoming from City Lights Publishers.

Lehua M. Taitano, a native Chamoru from Yigo, Guahån (Guam), is a queer poet, writer and artist.  She is the author of A Bell Made of Stones (poems, TinFish Press) and two chapbooks: appalachiapacific, which won the 2010 Merriam-Frontier Award for short fiction, and Sonoma (poetry, Dropleaf Press, 2017). Her poetry, essays, and Pushcart Prize-nominated fiction have appeared in or are forthcoming from Fence, Poetry Magazine, Narrative Witness, Witness, The Yellow Medicine Review, and others. Taitano currently serves as the Community Outreach Coordinator on the Executive Board of the Thinking Its Presence: Race, Literary and Interdisciplinary Studies Conference.

Kao Kalia Yang is the author of the award-winning book The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir and the newly published The Song Poet. This year she is the Benedict Distinguished Visiting Faculty in American Studies and English at Carleton College. She is currently working on her third book, a fictional story about rape for younger audiences. In addition to writing and teaching, Yang is a sought after public speaker.


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 March 15, 2017