Nina Coomes

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Nina Li Coomes is a Japanese and American writer, currently living in Boston, MA. Her writing has appeared in EATER, The  Collapsar, and  RHINO Poetry among other places. Her debut chapbook haircut poems was published by Dancing Girl Press in 2017.


Cover Photo: closeup photograph of kodomo-don (egg with onion and  other seasonings over white rice, topped with slivered nori) in a white bowl
Between Parent and Child: A Recipe for Kodomo-Don

I call it 子供丼 (kodomo-don), because it is only egg over rice. Something about it is simple, one rank lower in maturity than an adult dish.

Oct 19, 2021
Cover Photo: a heap of spaghetti  noodles tossed with mushrooms, garlic, and topped with what appears to be shredded seaweed, resting in a shallow blue and white striped bowl
For Anxious Loneliness: A Recipe for Mushroom Wafu Spaghetti

In adolescence, weekend lunches meant fending for ourselves. On certain Saturdays, my sister and I ate wafu spaghetti together.

Sep 08, 2021
Cover Photo: illustration of a young woman with long black hair sitting on a red sofa in a white bathrobe, holding a spoon in one hand and a bowl of vegetable tuna curry with rice in the other
Feed Yourself Like Someone You Love: A Recipe for Summer Vegetable Tuna Curry

The trick to a good nostalgic curry rice is to finish it with honey. Just a drizzle at first.

Jul 21, 2021
Cover Photo: illustration of Edward and Alphonse from Fullmetal Alchemist
FMA and Me: Reckoning With Anime as Japanese and American

The affectations of white anime enthusiasts made me feel fake, confusing my yearning for the language and familiarity I craved.

Jun 09, 2021
Cover Photo: Screencap from PEN15/Lonely Island Classics/Hulu
On Skinship

An ode to bathtubs, ‘PEN15,’ and the women in my life.

Jan 27, 2021
Cover Photo: Detail from Guido Reni's "The Immaculate Conception" (1627)/The Metropolitan Museum of Art
On Mary’s Virginity and the How the Purity Myth Harms Women

While I understood why theft or murder was wrong, this aspect didn’t make sense to me. What did sex and my body have to do with God?

Apr 29, 2020
Cover Photo: Detail of Henryk Siemiradzki's 'Christ with Martha and Maria'
On Martha and the Harm in “Perfect” Womanhood

In the etiquette class, everything had a proper place and use—even me.

Mar 05, 2020
Cover Photo: illustration of three sisters looking at a church that looms over them
If You’re Waiting for a Sign

April says the people at church don’t talk to us because they’re motherfuckers.

Jan 31, 2020
Cover Photo: Detail from Lucas Cranach the Elder's "Samson and Delilah" (ca. 1528–30)/The Metropolitan Museum of Art
On Delilah and the Villains We Make of Women Who Seek Power

Succubus, siren, gold-digger, temptress: There are so many words for a woman with money in her hands.

Jan 14, 2020
Cover Photo: A painting of Esther interceding before King  Ahasuerus
On Esther’s Vengeance and the Beauty of Women’s Rage

Esther, you are a queen not because of your physical perfection, but because of the horror and rage you transformed it into.

Sep 19, 2019