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Shizue Seigel

Shizue Seigel is a third-generation Japanese American writer, visual artist and community activist who explores complex intersections of history, culture and spirituality through prose, poetry and visual art.


Her work is informed by seven decades of experiential explorations across age, class, continents and cultures. She was born in 1946, just after her family's release from World War II incarceration. She grew up as an Army brat in segregated Baltimore, Occupied Japan, California farm labor camps and skid-row Stockton, before finding home in San Francisco. She's a college dropout who learned by doing—from the Haight-Ashbury to Indian ashrams, from the corporate advertising to HIV prevention to San Francisco’s vibrant activist arts community.     


She is the founder/director of Write Now! SF Bay, which supports San Francisco Bay Area writers and artists of color through workshops, events and anthologies. More information at



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Endangered Species

selected writings

visual art

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