Writers often gather in exotic places, finding inspiration in the unknown. Suzanne Kamata, long-term Japanese resident and writer, honors this literary tradition by editing an annual anthology of work by writers connected to Asia. Titled “Yomimono” (literally, reading thing), Kamata first published the anthology some 15 years ago and typically includes short stories and poetry, with additional graphics or drawings, interviews or essays.
Many of the writers live in Japan, and much of the subject matter concerns Japan. Some now established writers who were first featured in her collection include Wendy Nelson Tokunaga and Taylor Mignon.