Laurel Akemi Nakanishi


Laurel Nakanishi BA ’06, a poet, essayist, and teacher, visited campus to read from her published work as part of the English department’s 2023 Reading Series.


Laurel Nakanishi BA ’06 was selected by Carl Phillips as the winner of Tupelo Press’ Berkshire prize in 2018. Her book of poetry, Ashore, will be published in 2021. Nakanishi, who usually teaches poetry to children on O’ahu with the Hawai’i State Foundation for Culture and the Arts, will join the Fir Acres Writing Workshop faculty this summer at Lewis & Clark College.