Jami Nakamura Lin

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Jami Nakamura Lin writes the Catapult column "The Monsters in the Mirror." Her essays have appeared or are forthcoming in the New York Times, Electric Literature,  Passages North, and other publications. She was featured in the anthology  What God is Honored Here? (University of Minnesota Press, 2019).

She is the recipient of a 2016 Creative Artists Fellowship from the Japan-US Friendship Commission and the National Endowment of the Arts and a 2015 Walter Dean Myers Award from We Need Diverse Books.

Twitter: @jaminlin / jaminakamuralin.com 

Stories

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What the Religious Right Gets Wrong About Monsters

Perhaps the certainty that you are not the monster—that no matter what you do, you will never become the monster—is what gives rise to monstrous behavior.

Jul 27, 2020
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You Gave the Enemy a Face—and That Face Was Mine

In America, we like to be heroes—to find our enemies and defeat them. So, in a pandemic where the enemy is not visceral, we create one that is.

May 14, 2020
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The Faint Spirits: On Ghosts, Grief, and Motherhood

I do not have flesh; I only have ghosts. In this story, the dead are only what I say they are. Does this make them less real?

Feb 20, 2020
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My Father and the Dragon King

Myths were—are—created to explain the unknown, like natural disasters, like death, like the unknowable bodies of water.

Jan 06, 2020