Jessica Kawasuna Saiki grew up in the Japanese-American community in Hawaii. her critically acclaimed first collection of short stories, Once, A Lotus Garden (New Rivers Press, 1987), is set in that community, just before and during the Second World War. The book was named by Publisher’s Weekly as one of the nine best trade paperbacks of 1987.
Ms. Saiki, a longtime resident of Watertown, Wisconsin, has recently moved to Denver, Colorado. In addition to writing, Ms. Saiki is also an accomplished artist.