Tamiko Beyer writes to shape change with thought-provoking essays, poetry that pushes boundaries, and hard-hitting articles that challenge the status quo. She is the author of the award-winning poetry collection We Come Elemental (Alice James Books) and two chapbooks: bough breaks (Meritage Press), and Dovetail (Slapering Hol Press), with Kimiko Hahn. Publishing credits include the Georgia Review, the Kenyon Review, Indymedia, The Feminist Wire, among others.
A 21st century form of fascism is rising in the United States and around the world, hand in hand with increased racist and misogynist violence and oppression. Demagogues like Trump are fabricating a mythic past, trading on white men’s nostalgic longing for a country of racial purity that never was. It is into this context that Mia Ayumi Malhotra’s Isako Isako, winner of the Alice James Award from Alice James Books, arrived this summer.