ABOUT



Nina Li Coomes is a Japanese and American writer. She was born in Nagoya, and currently resides in Chicago, where she is currently a student at the Litowitz MFA & MA in nonfiction.  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.

She has worked as a television news producer for a major Japanese news network, as well as a research assistant at the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations at Harvard University.  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.