Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Laurel Nakanishi received her B.A. from Lewis & Clark College and M.F.A. from the University of Montana. She is the recipient of the Richard Hugo memorial scholarship, the Wrolstad travel award and a Fulbright scholarship to Nicaragua. She is the author of the chapbook, Manoa Makai, and her poems have appeared in The Black Warrior Review, The Laurel Review, and The Yemassee Review. She currently teaches poetry in Hawaii and studies non-fiction at Florida International University.