Sequoia Nagamatsu

SEQUOIA NAGAMATSU (@SequoiaN) is the author of the story collection, Where We Go When All We Were Is Gone (Black Lawrence Press), silver medal winner of the 2016 Foreword Reviews’ Indies Book of the Year Award and an Entropy Magazine Best Book of 2016. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as Conjunctions, ZYZZYVA, the Fairy Tale Review, Tin House online, Black Warrior Review, Willow Springs, Lightspeed Magazine, and One World: A Global Anthology of Short Stories, among others. Originally from Hawaii and the San Francisco Bay Area, he was educated at Grinnell College and Southern Illinois University. He co-edits Psychopomp Magazine, an online quarterly dedicated to innovative prose, and teaches at St. Olaf College. He lives in the Twin Cities region of Minnesota with his wife, the writer Cole Nagamatsu, and their cat Kalahira. He is currently working on a second story collection, How High We Go in the Dark, and a novel based on his short story, Girl Zero. More at

Girl Zero

I could go swimming in a forever ocean. I was made of light.