Nina Li Coomes is a Japanese and American writer. She was born in Nagoya, raised in Chicago, and currently resides in Boston, MA.  Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, EATER,  and Catapult, among other places.  

She is an alumna of Young Chicago Authors and the winner of the 2013 Louder Than A Bomb College Slam. In 2014, she co-wrote a bilingual poetry show titled Fressen sponsored by the U.S. State Department and German Foreign Office that toured Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt and Heidelberg. In 2017 she was a part of the Kundiman Creative Nonfiction Intensive, and in 2018 was an Aspen Summer Words Fellow in Memoir. 

Nina thoroughly enjoys teaching workshops that use writing as a therapeutic means of self expression and community building in the face of social and generational trauma. Her teaching experience thus far has been primarily with refugee and interfaith-focused youth.

At her day job, she thinks about U.S.-Japan relations.  In 2016, she helped to produce           もし、あなたの家族が…〜日本の移植医療に未来はあるのか〜」, an award-winning documentary about pediatric organ transplant policy between the U.S. and Japan.  She has been translating, localizing and consulting for Japanese, U.S., Chinese, and European clients on a range of topics, extending from marketing and e-commerce to risk assessment since 2015.