American Suzanne Kamata has lived in Japan for over half of her life. She is the author of a picture book; three novels including Screaming Divas; a short story collection, The Beautiful One Has Come; and the editor of three anthologies. In addition to five Pushcart Prize nominations and one Special Mention, she is a recipient of a grant from the Sustainable Arts Foundation. She is currently a lecturer at Tokushima University and Fiction Editor of Kyoto Journal. For more, visit her website: suzannekamata.com.