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Shizue Seigel

Multidisciplinary Creative Resume •

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.


The child of former incarcerees, she was born in 1946 and grew up in segregated Baltimore, Occupied Japan, California farm labor camps and skid-row Stockton. 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. See for more information.


Selected Awards/Grants

• FY 2021, FY 2018, FY 2016: San Francisco Arts Commission 

• 2019: Zellerbach Family Foundation for Civil Liberties United

• 2019: Center for Creative Innovation CALI Accelerator grant

• 2019: Intersection for the Arts - The Arts Accelerator

• 2018, 2016, and 2014: Soul-Making Keats Competition, National League of American PEN Women,
1st, 2nd, 3rd  prizes 

• 2021, 2019, 2015. 2013: VONA/Voices national workshop for writers of color,

• 2017 & 2016: Associate Writer, Atlantic Center for the Arts

• 2016 Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center’s United States of Asian America Festival grant

• 2013-2015: Studio Artist, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica

• 2010: Literary and visual art papers archived at California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives, University of

  California, Santa Barbara

• 2004-2006: California State Library California Civil Liberties Public Education Program (CCLPEP) grant
(with the Military Intelligence Service of Northern California)

• 2002: scholarship, first annual A Room of Her Own Writers Retreat


Books (author, editor)

• Coming June 2021: Essential Truths: The Bay Area In ColorPease Press, 350 pp.

• 2019: Editor, Civil Liberties UnitedPease Press, 300 pp.

• 2019: Co-author, My First Hundred Years: The Memoirs of Nellie Nakamura. Private commission.

  198 pp, 100 photographs. 2nd printing of  Century of Change, first printed in 2002

• 2018: Editor, Endangered Species, Enduring Values, Pease Press, 272 pp.

• 2016: Editor, Standing Strong! Fillmore & Japantown, Pease Press, 140 pp.

• 2010: Editor/contributing artist, Distillations: Meditations on the Japanese American Experience from Four   
Sansei Artists,
Asian American Women Artists Association, Pease Press, 74 pp. exhibition catalog.

• 2006: Author, In Good Conscience: Supporting Japanese Americans During the Internment, AACP, Inc.     
320 pp, 100 historic photographs. Funded by CCLPEP

• 2002: Co-author, Century of Change: The Memoirs of Nellie Nakamura. Private commission, 2002,
   198 pp,100 photographs.


Books (cartographer):

• 2012: Chief cartographer, Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas, by Rebecca Solnit and Rebecca
Snedeker, UC Press

• 2010: Cartographer/artist, Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas, Rebecca Solnit, UC Press

Selected Anthologies (contributor)

• 2020: "Prayers for a New Reality," (Her)oics: Women's Lived Experience of the Pandemic, Amy Roost &
Joanell Serra, eds, 
Regal Press

• 2019: "Who Do You Think You Are?" We've Been Too Patient: Voices from Radical Mental Health, L.D. Green &
Kelechi Ubozoh, 
eds., North Atlantic Press

• 2018: “Swimming in the New Normal,” Nothing But The Truth So Help Me God: All the Women in My
Family Sing,
Deborah Santana, ed. Nothing But The Truth 

• 2017: “Arboreal Homicide,” Your Golden Sun Still Shines, Denise Sullivan, ed., Manic D Press

• 2009: “Grandma’s House,” and “X-Ray Eyes,” Empty Shoes: Poems on the Hungry and the Homeless,

  Popcorn Press

• 2008: “A Trunk of Dreams” and “A Living Civics Lesson,” My Words Are Gonna Linger: The Art of
  Personal History
, Association of Personal Historians,

• 2007: “Don’t Look Away,” Cheers to Muses: Contemporary Works by Asian American Women, Asian     
American Women Artists Association

• 2003: “A Well-Made Life,” InvAsian: Growing Up Asian American and Female in the United States, Asian
Women United


Selected Literary Journals (contributor)

• July 20, 2020: Dispatches from Quarantine, SF Creative Writing Insittute

• May 14, 2020: San Francisco Public Library's Poem of the Day curated by Poet Laureate Kim Shuck

• Summer 2019: Soundings East

• Mar 2019: sPARKLE + bLINK, print

• Fall 2016:  Eleven Eleven  print

• Spring 2016:  AWAY Journal online

• Winter 2015:  Persimmon Tree online

• Nov 2015:  Mother of All Stories on-line (Asian Women United) online

• Nov 2015: Whirlwind Magazine #6

• Aug 2015: “One Woman’s Hell… A Gentrifier’s Lament,” Poor Magazine

• Aug 2015  Whirlwind Magazine #5

• June 2014: “The Sansei Perspective,” Discover Nikkei online

Literary Residencies

• 2018: Hypatia-in-the-Woods, Shelton, WA

• 2018:  Newnan Art Rez, Newnan GA

• 2017: Jentel Literary Residency, Banner, Wyoming

• 2017: Associate Writer in Prose with Mitchell S. Jackson, Atlantic Center for the Arts

• 2016: Associate Writer in Fiction with Porochista Khakpour, Atlantic Center for the Arts

• 2009: Activist Arts Retreat, Amed, Bali, Indonesia, Genny Lim

• 2010: Case Riva Writer's Retreat, Chiaverano, Italy

• 2013: PrecArt Writer's Retreat, Chiaverano, Italy

• 2002: scholarship, first annual A Room of Her Own Writers Retreat


Visual Art (Highlights from solo and group exhibitions from 2007-present)

• Oct-Nov 2018: “Rene’s Garden,” 193-photo installation for Honoring Our Ancestors by Fighting for the Future, Dia de los Muertos, SOMArts Cultural Center 

• 2017: “Mission Street [Past•Present•Future Tense],” 165-photo installation, Dia de Los Muertos group
show, SOMArts Cultural Center

• 2017: 230-image photo montage and “Sixth Street Needle Exchange” sound installation, To Be and To
Become: Mission Street
group show, California Institute of Integral Studies.
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• May 2017: 4 photocollages about the incarceration, Shifting Movements: Art Inspired by Yuri Kochiyama,
Asian American Women Artists Association, SOMArts.

• Oct 2016: “ The Spirit of the Mission,” a fifty-photo installation for A Promise Not to Forget: Día de los

• 2011-2013: Laramie: A Gem City Atlas, collaborative art-map project with Rebecca Solnit and University
of Wyoming MFA Creative Writing Program) traveled to four venues: Univ. of Wyoming Art Museum,
Laramie, WY; Univ. of Wyoming Library; California Institute for Integral Studies and Thoreau Center for
Sustainability, San Francisco.

• 2012 solo show: Laramie Mapping Myths and Realities, Thoreau Center, San Francisco.

• 2012 solo: Ephemeral Allure; Eternal Struggle. UC Santa Barbara Women's Center.

• 2010 solo: Double Vision: A Celebration of Hybridity, UC Santa Barbara Multicultural Center

• 2010: Distillations: Meditations on the Japanese American Experience, Arts & Consciousness Gallery,
John F. Kennedy University, Berkeley, CA, 2010.


Work experience

• 2002-present: Writer, visual artist, cartographer, creative writing workshop facilitator on project basis

  1998-2001, Editor/Art Director, Nikkei Heritage magazine, National Japanese Historical Society

• 1995-1997. Acting Coordinator/Media Specialist, PHREDA HIV prevention project, University of California
San Francisco/Centers for Disease Control

• 1984-1991, Art Director, J. Walter Thompson, DDB Needham, Charles Schwab, Gardner, Wells
Marketing.  Clients included Chevron, Kaiser Permanente, ComputerLand, KTVU-Channel 2, Fine Arts
Museums of San Francisco, Wells Fargo Bank.


Selected Writing Workshops facilitated

• on-going monthly since 2015: Write Now! for writers of color at San Francisco Main Library, San Francisco
African American Historical & Cultural Society and National Japanese American Historical Society  (initially funded by SFAC Individual Artist Commission)

• on-going monthly since 2013: Reverie Writers

• A Place of One's Own, a Place In the World, Asian American Women Artists Association, Thoreau Center
for Sustainability,

• 2014: Writing from the Heart, San Francisco YMCA, 6-week series

• 2006-2009: Senior Asian American Women Writers, weekly, Japanese Community and Cultural Center

• 2006: Japanese American Memoir, weekly, J-Sei Senior Center, Berkeley, CA

• 2003-2004: Lasting Memories: A Memoir Group for Asian American Men, weekly, Japanese Community
and Cultural Center




1981-1984: Academy of Art College, Advertising and Illustration                           

1979-1981: College of Marin, Painting and Printmaking


Week-Long or Multi-Week Writing Workshops

2020: Navigating Poetics, Truong Tran, Kearny Street Workshop

2020: Mendocino Coast Writers Conference

2019: Omnidawn Poetry Conference

2018: Memoir, Elmaz Abinader, VONA/Voices

2017: Prose, S. Mitchell Jackson, Atlantic Center for the Arts
          Travel, Katherine Harer, Writing Salon

2016: Writing for Artists & Activists, Faith Adiele, Writers Grotto
          Poetry Maw Shein Win, Writers Grotto

2015: Memoir, Zoe Carter, Writers Grotto

2016: Fiction with Porochista Khakpour, Atlantic Center for the Arts

2015: Residency, David Mura, VONA/Voices=

2014: Memoir, Memoir Continuation 1 & 2, Kathleen McClung, Writing Salon

2013: Memoir, Faith Adiele, VONA/Voices
          Intro to Memoir, Memoir Continuation 1 & 2, Kathleen McClung, Writing Salon,

2009: Poetry, Activist Artists Retreat, Amed, Bali, Indonesia, Genny Lim

2004: Poetry, From the Margins, Truong Tran, Intersection for the Arts,

2004: Kearny Street Workshop, Fiction, Junse Kim

2003: All-Genre, Truong Tran, Kearny Street Workshop:

2003: Memoir, Anne Finger, A Room of Her Room Writers Retreat, Ghost Ranch, NM

2002: Prose, Writing Out of the Dark, Margo Perin

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