My name is Julia Shiota and I am a freelance writer currently living in the Midwest United States.

I have a Master’s Degree in English Literature from the University of Chicago and a second Master’s Degree in Japanese Studies from the University of Michigan. I was born in Osaka, Japan, and grew up moving between Japan and the United States for most of my life. Much of my work is informed by being biracial and learning to move within two spaces that never quite felt fully like home.

I write creative non-fiction and reported pieces on issues of identity, politics, and culture, often through the lens of literature. You can take a look at my latest writing here.

I am also currently a regular contributor on the Ploughshares Blog where I write about the various intersections between literature, politics, and identity and I am the departments editor for The New Territory Magazine.

*All photos taken by me unless otherwise stated