Patti Kameya

Instructor

Patti Kameya

Patti Kameya is a writer escaped from the Los Angeles suburbs, and the great-grandchild of Okinawan and Japanese sugar plantation laborers in US-controlled Hawaii. She has been foraging wild plants and treating historical amnesia on Dakota land in Saint Paul since 2011. She was a 2019–2020 creative nonfiction fellow for the Loft Mentor Series at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis and performed at Saint Paul’s Ordway Concert Hall for the Funny Asian Woman Kollective Super Shows in 2019 and 2022. She holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago and taught college history for ten years. She also taught a writing class “Your Story and Historical Context” at the Loft Literary Center in 2018 and 2022. Her writing has appeared in North Dakota Quarterly (2022), Taint Taint Taint (2022), Ramsey County Library’s This Was 2020 (2021), and Saint Paul Almanac: Resistance and Resilience Vol. 12 (2019).