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.


Her work is informed by seven decades of experiential connections across age, class, continents and cultures. 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.      


• 2019: Intersection for the Arts - The Arts Accelerator

• 2019: Center for Cultural Innovation CALI Accelerator

• 2019: A Room of Her Own Legacy Fellow

• 2019: Zellerbach Family Foundation for Civil Liberties United

• 2017-2018: San Francisco Art Commission Individual Artist Commission for Endangered Species for memoir in progress, creative writing workshops, readings & community anthology

• 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

• 2016, 2015 and 2014: Soul-Making Keats Competition, National League of American PEN Women, six awards in Memoir Vignette, Spiritual Essay, Flash Fiction and Intercultural Essay.

• 2015-2016: San Francisco Art Commission Individual Artist Commission for memoir Miss Goody-Good Grows Up, creative writing workshops, readings and community anthology Standing Strong: Fillmore & Japantown.

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

• 2016: Center for Cultural Innovation grant

• 2015: VONA/Voices national workshop for writers of color, Residency with David Mura

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

• 2013: VONA/Voices national workshop for writers of color, Memoir with Faith Adiele

• 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 or editor)

• 2019: Editor: Civil Liberties United: Diverse Voices from the San Francisco Bay Area, Press Press

• 2019: Co-author: My First 100 Years: The Memoirs of Nellie Nakamura (2nd printing of A Century of Change)

• 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 and John F. Kennedy University, Pease Press, 74 pp. exhibition catalog.

• 2006: Author, In Good Conscience: Supporting Japanese Americans During the Internment, AACP, Inc. 320pp, 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


Anthologies (contributor)

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

• Jan 2018: “Swimming in the New Normal,” All the Women in My Family Sing, Deborah Santana, ed. NTTB Press

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

• 2017: “lost,” Lost: Reflections anthology, Medusa’s Laugh Press

• 2015: “A Conspiracy of Blandness,” 2015 Anthology of Featured Poets, Moonstone Poetry Series, Philadelphia

• 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


Literary Journals (contributor)

• Summer 2019: "Zembu Arigatai," Soundings East

• March 2019: "More than a Number, sPARKLE + bLINK

• Jan 2019: "The Camp after Camp," Getting Cold in the City, Bay Area Generations

• Fall 2016: “The Beggar Woman’s Baby,” Eleven Eleven  print

• Spring 2016: “The Elephant Hair,” AWAY Journal online

• Winter 2015: “Of Christmas and Karma,” Persimmon Tree online

• Nov 2015: “Too Bad,” Mother of All Stories on-line (Asian Women United) online

• Nov 2015:  “raw does not bleed,” poem and artwork, Whirlwind Magazine #6, print & online

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

• Aug 2015  “Souvenirs of New Orleans,” poem, Whirlwind Magazine #5, print & online

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


2019 Readings

Sept 7: Civil Liberties United, Oakland Asian Cultural Center

Sept 4: Civil Liberties United, Cesar Chavez Library, Oakland 

Aug 24: La Palabra Musical with Avotcja, Cesar Chavez Library, Oakland 

Aug 23: Civil Liberties, Browser Books

Aug 14, We’ve Been Too Patient, Bindery

July 11: Eves at the Beat. Beat Museum 

June 22 Civil Liberties United, Koret auditorium, San Francisco Main Library

Aug 13, We’ve Been Too Patient, Books Inc.,  Berkeley

June 21: La Verdad Musical with Avotcja and Tony Aldarondo,  KPOO

June 18: Bebop Cubop and The Musical Truth, with Avotcja and Kim Shuck, KPFA 

May 21: Get Lit,  Alehouse Industries, Oakland

May 4: Bay Area Book Festival, moderator- Resurrection: Reclaiming the Stories that Make Us Whole with Cherríe Moraga, Mallory O’Meara, and Alexandria Brown

April 14: Gears Turning with Kim Shuck, National Poetry Month featured reader

March 27-April 4: Sacred Grounds features readers from Endangered Species, Enduring Values

March 31: Soulmaking Keats Literary Prizewinners, Koret Auditorium

March 4 : Quiet Lightning

March 3: Endangered Species, Enduring Values, Eastwind  Books of Berkeley

Feb 22: Endangered Species, Enduring Values, Center for Spiritual Living

Feb 21, Getting Cold in the City, Al Robles Tribute, Fillmore Heritage Center

Jan 20:  Traps Trauma Transformation, Moonstone Productions

Jan 11: Endangered Species, Enduring Values,  Browser Books,

Jan 5: Making Waves, National Japanese American Historical Society


Literary Residencies

* 2018: Hypatia-in-the Woods

• 2018: Newnan Art Rez

• 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 three solo and 31 group exhibitions from 2007-present

• 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.  Youtube:

• 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 Muertos 2016  SOMArts

• 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

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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© 2020 by Shizue Seigel. with support from the San Francisco Arts Commission.

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