Suzanne Kamata

Suzanne Kamata was born and raised in Grand Haven, Michigan. She is most recently from Lexington, South Carolina, and now lives in Tokushima Prefecture, Japan with her husband and two children.

Her short stories, essays, articles and book reviews have appeared in over 100 publications including New York Stories, Calyx, Crab Orchard Review, Pleiades, Kyoto Journal, The Utne Reader, The Japan Times, Brain, Child, Skirt!, Ladybug and Cicada. Her work also appears in the anthologies Yaponesia, The Beacon Best of 1999, It's a Boy, It's a Girl, Literary Mama: Reading for the Maternally Inclined, Not What I Expected and Summer Shorts.


  • "Judging from the strong writing in this volume...the combination of Japanese reserve and the remote beauty of the country's art and landscape has intensified these writers' powers of observation."
    Publishers Weekly
  • "This generous, long-overdue collection of unpredictable insights and diverse illuminations reveals a rich, seldom-recognized genre, with many fine exponents represented. Perceptively assembled and introduced."
    Kyoto Journal
  • "Kamata’s love and intimate knowledge of Paris streets add atmosphere to this smart and surprising coming-of-age story. Readers will feel whisked away by the romance of an artistic life and appreciate the sensitivity and honesty with which Kamata writes about Aiko’s physical and emotional journeys."
    Publishers Weekly on Gadget Girl
  • "Gadget Girl is like a Japanese garden whose beauty reveals itself little by little. And the more attentive you are, the greater the beauty revealed. Aiko's journey toward acceptance of her uniqueness, which includes that which the world deems imperfect, is told with subtlety and humor. You are going to enjoy reading this book."
    rancisco X. Stork, author of Marcelo in the Real World