Kendall Tani

Kendall Tani is a “sometimes-artist” currently based in their hometown of Mammoth Lakes, CA. Much of their artwork, whether visual or written, draws from their personal experience as a fourth-generation Japanese American (Yonsei) navigating mental health and finding and creating community. Kendall has spent the past year focusing their creative energies into the multidisciplinary Asian American arts collaborative Bonbu Stories, which combines music, spoken word, taiko, and movement to explore vulnerability and connection.

When not making art or working at their family’s Japanese restaurant, they can be found baking and appreciating all things cute (especially dogs). You can find more of their work at or on Instagram @_sowasowa and @bonbustories.

Updated April 2020

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Nikkei al descubierto: una columna de poesía


This month, we feature California-based Yonsei writer, Kendall Tani, and Arizona-based Sansei writer, Susan Yamamura. Susan’s is a lighthearted parody poem that heralds where we look for some solace during a time of major strife, while Kendall’s first piece featured here, soft bodies, speaks to a relationship with oneself through an intimate practice of shaping earth (and future) by hand. Both reminded me of the ideas of comfort and doing something good for poetry, a vessel through which we might practice introspection, our potential, or a bit of peace....enjoy.

—traci kato-kiriyama

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