Brandon Shimoda

Brandon Shimoda is the author of several books, most recently The Grave on the Wall (an ancestral memoir, published by City Lights, 2019), The Desert (poetry and prose, The Song Cave, 2018), and Evening Oracle (poetry and prose, Letter Machine Editions, 2015), which received the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. He is currently writing (more often disintegrating) a book on the afterlife/ruins of Japanese American incarceration, passages from which have been published in/on The Asian American Literary ReviewDensho (blog), Hyperallergic, The Margins, and The New Inquiry. He lives in the desert.

Updated August 2019

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5 Artists Who Explore Japanese-American Incarceration and Internment

By the time I was old, more importantly conscious, enough to ask my grandfather questions about his life, he was dead. And he had been dying a long time before that. He had Alzheimer’s for 15 years (or 10 or 20 or 12 years, depending on who you ask). He died at 86. I was 18. Among the questions I would have wanted to ask him were about his time as an “enemy alien” of the United States, including his incarceration in a Department of Justice prison in Missoula, Montana. (Internment is used to define the detention of non-citizens ...

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