Katie Okamoto

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Katie Okamoto's writing has appeared in Catapult, The Atlantic, Eater, TASTE, Metropolis, and BuzzFeed Reader, among other places. She participated in the 2020 Tin House Summer Workshop for non-fiction and memoir and is at work on a book. Formerly, Katie was the senior editor at Metropolis, the architecture and design magazine, in New York City. Find them at katieokamoto.com. 


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Cover Photo: An image of a gold Genuine Original Jean Ring taken by Katie Okamoto
A Key Ring Returns Me Home

By chance, I’d taken up her keys, the keys of my childhood.

Jun 14, 2022
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Shaping Butter Helps Me Feel Everything

What I mean is, butter puts me in my body.

Mar 17, 2022
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How to Ground Your Body With a Combination Square

I couldn’t deny my aches and pains and eating disorder; after a while, it became too exhausting.

Dec 21, 2021
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What a Seashell Souvenir Tells Me About Loss

Selfishly, as a writer, I’m also worried about the seasons to come.

Oct 21, 2021
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Finding Gender in a Razor

Shaving with it was more seductive than expected.

Aug 10, 2021
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An Ode to the Kamenoko Tawashi, the Turtle Brush

Natural, natural, everything natural. I’m a sucker for it, Shinto-ish environmentalist and object-worshipper that I am.

Jan 04, 2021