Spring into Literature Reading Series Present BRANDON SHIMODA

12PM Thursday 4 February

IB 2025 / Zoom: 614 954 2152

Brandon Shimoda is an award-winning poet and non-fiction writer. His most recent books are The Grave on the Wall (City Lights, 2019), a lyric portrait of his grandfather which received the PEN Open Book Award, and The Desert (The Song Cave, 2018). His next book, on the afterlife of Japanese American incarceration, received a Creative Nonfiction Grant from the Whiting Foundation, and is forthcoming from City Lights. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.

At Thursday’s event, he will read sections from The Grave on the Wall and discuss the book’s unique overlay of memoir, history, photography, and lyricism. He will also talk about his research process and the book’s “remarkable exploration of how citizenship is forged by the brutal U.S. imperial forces,” as poet Don Mee Choi writes, as well as answer student questions.