Non-Fiction by Non-Men: MariNaomi

by E.B. Bartels

I’m posting the March installment of Non-Fiction by Non-Men a little late – sorry! I was traveling in Japan when it was published. This seems fitting, though, as one of MariNaomi’s books, Turning Japanese, is all about her experience learning Japanese and traveling in JapanEnjoy the interview! I loved getting to talk to Mari.

For the full interview, see it on Fiction Advocate.
Published on March 15, 2017.

Photo Credit: Jolene Siana

MariNaomi is the author and illustrator of Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume, Ages 0 to 22 (Harper Perennial, 2011), Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories (2dcloud/Uncivilized Books, 2014), Turning Japanese (2dcloud, 2016), and I Thought YOU Hated ME (Retrofit Comics, 2016). Her work has appeared in over sixty print publications and has been featured on numerous websites, such as LA Review of Books, Midnight Breakfast, and BuzzFeed. From 2011-2013 her comics appeared as the column Smoke In Your Eyes on The Rumpus.

MariNaomi’s comics and paintings have been featured by such institutions as the Smithsonian, the De Young Museum, the Cartoon Art Museum, the Asian Art Museum, and the Japanese American Museum. In 2011, Mari toured with the literary roadshow Sister Spit. She is the creator and curator of the Cartoonists of Color Database and the Queer Cartoonists Database. She has taught classes for the California College of the Arts Comics MFA program, and is currently a guest editor at PEN America.

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