Julia Shiota is a writer and editor born in Osaka, Japan and living in Minnesota. Her fiction and nonfiction writing has appeared in Catapult, Outside Magazine, Poets & Writers, Real Simple, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. She was a regular contributor for the Ploughshares Blog for three years, where she covered books-in-translation (focusing on contemporary women writers in Japan), academic work written for a general audience, and essay collections. She is an alum of the Tin House 2022 Short Fiction Winter workshop and the Kenyon Review’s Speculative Fiction Workshop. She is currently working on a historical speculative fiction novel.