My name is Yurina Yoshikawa (née Ko), and I’m a writer, editor, and instructor living in Nashville, Tennessee. Whether you’re looking for some help with your writing, or you’re interested in reading some surreal literary fiction, I’m excited to share my work with you one way or the other.
I grew up moving back and forth between Tokyo and California, and I’ve spent most of my life feeling like a Japanese person living abroad, or a foreigner living in Japan. I have a B.A. in philosophy from Barnard College where I read a lot of Plato and Foucault, and learned that you can never ask too many questions about the world around you. Then I earned an M.F.A. in creative writing from Columbia University, where I taught undergraduate writing for several years. After that I worked in the publishing industry in New York City in both editorial and publicity departments. And finally, in the summer of 2017, I made the big move to Nashville, Tennessee with my husband, where I started working freelance as an editor, copywriter, and creative writing instructor. You can click here for my full CV to learn more about my work experience, and here to read my published writing on The New Inquiry.
I’m also an aspiring novelist, and I’m currently hard at work on a novel about a young Japanese woman who returns to Tokyo after the March 2011 tsunami to find everything surreal and unrecognizable from the way she left it. The plot involves J-pop idols, innocent but twisted cartoons, the collective Japanese psyche after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the crazy inner-workings of an independent film studio, voice acting, and at the heart of all the chaos, a coming-of-age story about a girl who slowly finds her way back home. Visit my Personal Projects page to learn more about this, and other writing projects I’ve published.
My favorite writers include Elena Ferrante, Jennifer Egan, Rivka Galchen, Joan Didion, James Baldwin, Kazuo Ishiguro, Yoko Ogawa, Yoko Tawada, Anton Chekhov, Alexander Pushkin, Haruki Murakami, Donna Tartt, Samantha Hunt… the list goes on!
Some other random qualities: I play the viola, I love cats, and I’m a new mom to a baby boy. I once had a cheese-themed birthday party where all we did was try different kinds of cheeses and chat all night. It was one of the best nights of my life.