American Suzanne Kamata is a permanent resident of Japan. She is the author or editor of fifteen books including the anthology The Broken Bridge: Fiction from Expatriates in Literary Japan (Stone Bridge Press, 1997), the award-winning short story collection The Beautiful One Has Come (Wyatt-Mackenzie Publishing, 2012), and the novel The Baseball Widow (Wyatt-Mackenzie Publishing, 2021). Her work also appears in numerous journals and anthologies including Meridian: The APWT Drunken Boat Anthology of New Writing and the 2017 and 2022 editions of The Best Asian Short Stories. She has been awarded grants by the Sustainable Arts Foundation and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. She is an associate professor in the department of Global Studies at Naruto University of Education and serves as fiction editor of Kyoto Journal.