Noriko Nakada writes and teaches middle school in Los Angeles. She is committed to writing thought-provoking creative non-fiction, fiction, and poetry.  Publications include her memoir series: Through Eyes Like Mine, Overdue Apologies, and I Tried. Through Eyes Like Mine was shortlisted for the 2040 Book Award. Excerpts, essays, and poetry have appeared in Catapult, Meridian, Kartika, Hippocampus, and Linden Avenue. Fiction is forthcoming in Made in LA Vol. 3.  She is a member of the leadership team for Women Who Submit, an organization empowering women and non-binary writers to submit their work for publication.   Works in progress include Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop: One Family's Struggle with Mental Illness, and Ricepaper Superheroes, a historical novel about a Japanese American family during World War II. She is on twitter @writersgrind and can be reached at and is spending her quarantine with her two kids answering approximately three thousand questio