Akemi Johnson is the author of Night In The American Village: Women in the Shadows of the U.S. Military Bases in Okinawa, forthcoming from The New Press in 2019.
Akemi has contributed to The Nation, NPR’s All Things Considered and Code Switch, Travel + Leisure, Roads & Kingdoms, Anthony Bourdain's Explore Parts Unknown, and other publications. She has been the recipient of a Fulbright grant to Japan, a Pushcart Prize nomination, and the James D. Phelan Award from the San Francisco Foundation. Her essay “Ladies’ Night” was among Longreads’ Best of 2013.
Akemi earned an MFA in fiction writing from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and an AB in East Asian Studies from Brown University. She has taught writing at the George Washington University, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and the University of Iowa. She lives with her husband in Northern California.