Welcome to Historic Joy Kogawa House

Historic Joy Kogawa House is the childhood home of Canadian author Joy Kogawa. Joy and her family lived in the house until 1942, when they were sent to an internment camp along with thousands of other Canadians of Japanese descent. Now used as a site for author residencies and literary events, the house stands as a historical reminder of the internment experience of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War, and by extension, to the experiences of diverse cultural and ethnic groups within Canadian society.

Latest news

Applications for Paid Writer-in-Residence – Closing February 1, 2016

For the first time in four years, we are offering a paid three-month residency at Historic Joy Kogawa House, the childhood home of Joy Kogawa, one of Canada’s most important and esteemed authors. This is the only paid residency opportunity we will be offering for 2016.

Applications are open now, and are due by 12:00 midnight, Monday, February 1, 2016.

Find out more about the residency program and submit your application soon!

Welcome!

Welcome to the new website for Historic Joy Kogawa House!

After about a month of redevelopment, we’re proud to unveil this new website, with the promise of more features to come. We’re launching a revitalized website to coincide with our open call for applications to our 2016 residencies program. Preliminary applications are due Monday, February 1…

Storytelling with Graphic Novels Workshop

A workshop led by Michael Kluckner, author/illustrator of Toshiko (Midtown Press, 2015), on plotting and staging graphic novels. Participants are welcome to bring their own works, in progress or otherwise, to discuss everything from illustration styles to production techniques and narrative voices…

About the House

Historic Joy Kogawa House is the childhood home of acclaimed Canadian author Joy Kogawa.

Residencies

Historic Joy Kogawa House offers writers a unique place to live and work. Find out more and submit and application here.

Make a Donation

Historic Joy Kogawa House is not-for-profit and donations are vital to maintaining our programs and the house itself.

About Joy Kogawa

Joy Kogawa is best known as the author of Obasan. She has also worked to educate the public about the internment of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War.

Tours

Come and visit a site of national significance. We run tours of Historic Joy Kogawa House year-round for school groups and the general public.

Become a Member

Show your support by becoming a member of the Historic Joy Kogawa House Society.

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