Julie Shigekuni is the author of Unending Nora (Red Hen Press 2008), Invisible Gardens (St. Martin's Press 2003), and A Bridge between Us (Anchor/Doubleday 1995), which was a finalist for the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Award and recipient of the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature. She grew up in Southern California, fled high school for the University of California at Santa Cruz, and subsequently lived in Tokyo and London. She received her BA from CUNY Hunter College and her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. She is currently at work on a novella and short story collection and a sixty-minute video documentary, Manju Mammas and the An-Pan Brigade, for which she has received funding from the California Council for the Humanities and the Skirball Foundation and sponsorship from Visual Communications, an all-Asian media network. She is director of the creative writing program and development director of Asian American Studies at the University of New Mexico.