Guest Author Spotlight

Karen Tei Yamashita

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Karen Tei Yamashita is a Japanese American writer. Her works, several of which contain elements of magic realism, include novels I Hotel (2010), Circle K Cycles (2001), Tropic of Orange (1997), Brazil-Maru (1992), and Through the Arc of the Rain Forest (1990).

Tei Yamashita's novels emphasize the necessity of polyglot, multicultural communities in an increasingly globalized age, even as they destabilize orthodox notions of borders and national/ethnic identity. Yamashita was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Award. She is an Associate Professor of Literature at University of California, Santa Cruz, where she teaches creative writing and Asian American literature.