Emi Sasagawa

Emi Sasagawa

Writer-in-residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House during the first week of December, 2023.

Emi Sasagawa is a settler, immigrant and queer woman of colour, living and writing on the traditional, ancestral and stolen territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Selilwitulh Nations.

Her debut novel Atomweight, by Tidewater Press, tells the story of Aki, a good girl, good student, good daughter from a loving but demanding multiracial family, who, after being triggered by a violent incident, begins picking fights with random strangers. This is a story about mixedness, queerness and power—about reflecting on oppression and privilege, and the ways we take up space in the world.

She is a former fellow of the News21 Fellowship, by Carnegie-Knight Initiative on the Future of Journalism, and the International Reporting Program Fellowship by the Global Reporting Centre. She’s received the Edward R. Murrow Award, the Rafe Mair Award for Excellence in Journalism and the Canadian Online Publishing Award. Her journalistic writing has been published in local, national and international newspapers, from small publications like The Tyee to large and far-reaching media organizations like The Washington Post.

Emi Sasagawa developed a series of short stories on womanhood while in residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House from December 1 to 8, 2023, and presented a showcase of work by other queer Asian writers created during a writing circle she was leading from October to December 2023:

(1) Queer Asian 6 Showcase

Presentation by 10 writers of written work that reflects on individual experiences as LGBTQ2S+ Asians, possibly related to writing through and helping to resolve experiences within this multiply-marginalized population of microaggressions associated with both racism and heterosexism. Participants shared new creative work developed over the course of biweekly writing circle meetups from October to December 2023.

Held Sunday, December 3, 2023, 3:30 to 5pm, in the living room at Joy Kogawa House.

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