Laurel Nakanishi is a poet, essayist, and teacher from Honolulu, Hawai'i. She is the author of the award-winning book Ashore and the chapbook, Mānoa|Makai. You can find her poetry and essays in national magazines, such as Orion, Fourth Genre, and Black Warrior Review. Laurel lives with her family on the island of O'ahu.
Photo Credit: Hawai'i State Foundation for Culture and the Arts