Yuri Kageyama

Yuri Kageyama is a poet and writer of bilingual and bicultural upbringing, born in Japan and growing up in Maryland, Tokyo and Alabama.

Her works have appeared in many literary anthologies and magazines, including “Y’Bird,” “Greenfield Review,” "San Francisco Stories," "On a Bed of Rice," "Breaking Silence: an Anthology of Asian American Poets," “POW WOW: Charting the Fault Lines in the American Experience _ Short Fiction from Then to Now,” "Other Side River," “Beyond Rice,” "Yellow Silk," "Stories We Hold Secret," “KONCH” and "MultiAmerica." Her film “Talking Taiko” (2010), directed by Yoshiaki Tago, documents her thoughts on writing, family and life.

She has read with Ishmael Reed, Shuntaro Tanikawa, Eric Kamau Gravatt, Geraldine Kudaka, Victor Hernandez Cruz, Winchester Nii Tete, Russel Baba, Seamus Heaney, Takenari Shibata, Shozu Ben, Keiji Kubo and many other artists. She is a graduate of Cornell University and holds an M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Updated August 2011


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kicked me so my shins turned purple
taunted me daily mimicking my voice
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believed there was only one slot
for an Asian girl in fourth grade class
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the white girls weren't rivals
only me, the one other Oriental girl,
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slit eyes and black hair,
good grades, neat handwriting
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if i fell dead, gone, wiped out,
she could be that survivor yellow girl
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who's going to tell us apart?
so there can be only one of us
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flicks her eyelashes at blond boys
flaunting a ...

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