Laurel Nakanishi is a poet, essayist, and teacher from
Honolulu, Hawai'i. She is the author of the award-winning chapbook, Mānoa|Makai. You can find her poetry and essays in national magazines, such as Orion, Fourth Genre, and Black Warrior Review. This summer she will travel to Shikoku, Japan with a National Endowment for the Arts/Japan-US Friendship Commission Fellowship. Laurel lives on the island of O'ahu.