ミカ・タサカ

(Micah Tasaka)

Micah Tasaka is a queer, genderfluid, mixed Japanese poet, spoken word artist, community organizer, Reiki practitioner, and magic maker from the Inland Empire, California. Micah has led healing and writing workshops for trauma survivors and queer and trans* people of color. Working with a variety of mediums including dance, visual art, music, meditation, and writing, they believe that art and performance hold the keys to survival and radical healing both on a community and personal level. Currently, they reside in Fukui prefecture, Japan, as an English teacher for the JET program and spend their time eating mouthwatering ancestral foods, soaking in endless tanbo views, and learning with and from the junior high students they teach. They received their undergraduate degree in creative writing from the University of California, Riverside. Their first full length manuscript, Expansions, was released on Jamii Publishing in 2017.

Updated March 2019

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ニッケイを見いだす:詩のコラム

Roots and Branches

Happy spring everyone! This month, we’re excited to feature two poets who both happen to be based in Japan. Micah Tasaka, a queer, genderfluid, mixed race Yonsei artist originally from the Inland Empire now based in Fukui prefecture; and Yoshika Wason, a second generation, mixed race artist who hails from Aomori, Japan via Massachusetts and Connecticut. Their pieces here harken back and forth from past circumstance to present choice, in reflection of the way our memories, our native tongues, our very existence, was and continues to be shaped. Enjoy.

—traci kato-kiriyama

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Yoshika Wason is a teacher, poet, and storyteller ...

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