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Clara Kumagai

Clara Kumagai - Editor

Galway, Ireland

Writer & editor of children's and YA fiction, literary fiction, and nonfiction. I specialize in speculative fiction and diverse voices.

Overview

I'm a writer of fiction, nonfiction, children's and young adult, and playwrighting. My style is literary and speculative fiction crossover, and I love magical realism, fantasy, weird fiction, and fairy tales. I have been published in Ireland and Canada, and have earned recognition through a variety of writing contests.

I have years of experience in a variety of editorial roles, from publishing houses to literary magazines to online content. I have a MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, and the workshop style classes have given me years of experience in editing, proofreading, and providing in-depth feedback and analysis. I have a passion for diversity and representation in writing, and I love to work on projects that bring fresh and exciting new voices to publishing. My aim is always to hone and enhance an author's voice and to help them to achieve their vision and creative goals.

Services
Languages
English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade Children's Picture Books Cultural & Ethnic Themes Fantasy Literature Plays & Screenplays Science Fiction Short Story Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Children's Books (Non-Fiction)

Certifications

  • MFA in Creative Writing, University of British Columbia
  • BA (Hons) Drama and English, Trinity College Dublin

Awards

  • Finalist in the 2015 Aeon Award
  • Finalist in 2015 Friends of the Merrill Speculative Short Fiction contest
  • Finalist in EVENT’s 2015 Creative Nonfiction Contest
  • Nominated by Room magazine for the 2015 Journey Prize

Work experience

Mentor

Word Wrestlers, Creative Writing Program, University of British Columbia

May, 2016 – August, 2016 (3 months)

Word Wrestlers is a summer writing camp for children aged 8-12 years old. As mentor, I developed the structure and curriculum as well as leading workshops.

Editorial Assistant

Arsenal Pulp Press

September, 2015 – May, 2016 (8 months)

My duties at Arsenal consisted of editing, proof-reading, compiling reader reports, and preparing manuscripts for design.

Editor

New Shoots Anthology

February, 2015 – June, 2016 (over 1 year)

The New Shoots Anthology features writing from high school students in Vancouver. As editor, I selected
and edited pieces for publication.

Executive Editor, Promotions

PRISM international

May, 2014 – April, 2015 (11 months)

I was responsible for PRISM’s three annual literary contests, securing contest judges, promotion, and
managed a team of contest readers. I was also the editor of prismmagazine.ca, editing reviews and
interviews and writing feature content and weekly writing prompts. I also ran PRISM international’s social
media and general marketing.

Teaching Assistant

Creative Writing Program, University of British Columbia

September, 2013 – May, 2016 (over 2 years)

I have worked in a variety of genres in introductory and intermediate undergraduate courses, including a general introduction course to creative writing, fiction, and writing for children and young adults. In the intermediate course for writing children and young adults, I led weekly classes, facilitated workshops, and graded and provided feedback for assignments.

New Shoots Mentor

Gladstone Secondary, Vancouver & Point Grey Secondary, Vancouver

January, 2013 – May, 2016 (over 3 years)

Through the New Shoots program, run by UBC’s Creative Program and the Vancouver School Board, I mentored high school students in creative writing. I taught craft, introducing a variety of genres, and facilitated workshops. I also edited and provided individual feedback for each student.

Theatre Editor

meg.ie

January, 2012 – August, 2013 (over 1 year)

As Theatre Editor of meg.ie, based in Dublin, Ireland, I reviewed plays and interviewed theatre practitioners. I also managed a team of writers, organised reviews, communicated with theatres’ marketing and PR, and uploaded the website’s online content.

Portfolio (5 selected works)

Weekend

Jane Eaton Hamilton

In this intimate, sexy novel, two lesbian couples living next door to each other one summer in cottage country find each of their relationships at a crossroads. One woman celebrates her fiftieth birthday, which causes her to reconsider what she wants out of life and her partner; the other couple are the parents of a new baby, which cannot conceal the turmoil of their relationship. Weekend is a... read more

In this intimate, sexy novel, two lesbian couples living next door to each other one summer in cottage country find each of their relationships at a crossroads. One woman celebrates her fiftieth birthday, which causes her to reconsider what she wants out of life and her partner; the other couple are the parents of a new baby, which cannot conceal the turmoil of their relationship. Weekend is a... read more

Thicker Than Blood: Adoptive Parenting in the Modern World

Marion Crook

The act of adopting children, and the processes and politics around it, have changed drastically in recent decades, mostly for the better. Still, many prospective adoptive parents remain bewildered or apprehensive, and those who have adopted find themselves struggling in ways they hadn't anticipated.Thicker Than Blood is a comprehensive yet down-to-earth look at adoptive parenting in the twent... read more

The act of adopting children, and the processes and politics around it, have changed drastically in recent decades, mostly for the better. Still, many prospective adoptive parents remain bewildered or apprehensive, and those who have adopted find themselves struggling in ways they hadn't anticipated.Thicker Than Blood is a comprehensive yet down-to-earth look at adoptive parenting in the twent... read more

Straight to the Head

Fraser Nixon

In this fast and furious crime novel set in 1983, a sex worker named Irina absconds with a shipment of drugs and $300,000 in dirty money, setting into motion a wild chain reaction involving bounty hunters, corrupt cops, low-brow scammers, and her bewildered, straight-laced ex-husband. Add to this devil's brew the intoxicating settings of sushi bars, nightclubs, and New Wave art galleries circa... read more

In this fast and furious crime novel set in 1983, a sex worker named Irina absconds with a shipment of drugs and $300,000 in dirty money, setting into motion a wild chain reaction involving bounty hunters, corrupt cops, low-brow scammers, and her bewildered, straight-laced ex-husband. Add to this devil's brew the intoxicating settings of sushi bars, nightclubs, and New Wave art galleries circa... read more

Chowgirls Killer Party Food: Righteous Bites & Cocktails for Every Season

Heidi Andermack, Amy Lynn Brown

With an eye for style and appreciation for seasonal ingredients, the proprietors of Chowgirls Killer Catering, one of the Midwest's leading catering companies, share their inspired ideas for delicious appetizers, small plates, and cocktails that are perfect for home entertaining. Amy Lynn Brown and Heidi Andermack were early adopters of the local, organic, sustainable, and seasonal approach to... read more

With an eye for style and appreciation for seasonal ingredients, the proprietors of Chowgirls Killer Catering, one of the Midwest's leading catering companies, share their inspired ideas for delicious appetizers, small plates, and cocktails that are perfect for home entertaining. Amy Lynn Brown and Heidi Andermack were early adopters of the local, organic, sustainable, and seasonal approach to... read more

Niagara Motel

Ashley Little

Set in the early 1990s, Ashley Little’s follow-up to her award-winning novel Anatomy of a Girl Gang introduces readers to eleven-year-old Tucker Malone—the only child of a narcoleptic touring stripper—who believes his father is Sam Malone, the Boston barkeep who regularly appears on Tucker’s TV screen. He and his mother move from motel to motel until, one night in Niagara Falls, his mother is ... read more

Set in the early 1990s, Ashley Little’s follow-up to her award-winning novel Anatomy of a Girl Gang introduces readers to eleven-year-old Tucker Malone—the only child of a narcoleptic touring stripper—who believes his father is Sam Malone, the Boston barkeep who regularly appears on Tucker’s TV screen. He and his mother move from motel to motel until, one night in Niagara Falls, his mother is ... read more

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