I’m the editor-in-chief of Literary Mama, where I write a column, Mama at the Movies. I am also associate director of the Sustainable Arts Foundation. I am co-editor, with Elrena Evans, of the anthology Mama, PhD: Women Write About Motherhood and Academic Life (Rutgers University Press, 2008). My new book, co-edited with Lisa Catherine Harper, is an anthology called <The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage: True Stories of Food, Family, and How We Learn to Eat (Roost Books, 2013). You can check out our regular updates on the meals we cook and share with our families.
In my past life, I earned a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of California at Berkeley with a dissertation titled “Letters from the Home Front: Epistolary Modes from Family Narratives from the Forties.” At Berkeley, I taught classes on film, Women’s Studies, American literature, and writing; I have also taught at Stanford University and the San Francisco Art Institute.
I was born in Tokyo, grew up in New York, and now live in San Francisco with my husband and two sons, a life I write about on my blog.
My essays on food and parenting have been published in a number of journals and anthologies; to find out more, click on Writing. I am currently represented by Elizabeth Evans at Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency.
I’ve been profiled, with my Mama, PhD coeditor, Elrena Evans, at Literary Mama.
To see me in person, check out my Events page for a calendar of upcoming readings, plus clips to my past radio and television interviews.