Micah Tasaka is a non-binary queer mixed Japanese poet, wanderer, and magick maker from the Inland Empire, California.

My Story

Micah has been writing poems, stories, and songs since the age of 10. They grew up in the hills of Colton, California, and spent much of their childhood getting dirt under their nails and screaming into water tanks. They received their undergraduate degree in creative writing from the University of California, Riverside. In 2014, Micah created their first chapbook, Whales in the Water Tank,  a hand-made, bedazzled zine that can be purchased at their store. Soon after, Micah carved a space on California stages exploring the open mic and spoken word scenes. Their work was also published in the In The Words Of Women 2016 International Anthology and Inlandia: A Literary Journey, Volume VI, Issue I, Spring 2016.Micah released their first full-length manuscript, Expansions, on Jamii Publishing in 2017. The book is available for purchase here.

Photo by Walter Primmer.

While crafting new manuscript, Micah has been dedicated to exploring their roots. They currently live in the small seaside town of Mihama in Fukui Prefecture, Japan, working as a middle school English teacher on the JET program. Micah has been met with countless new challenges, tastes, sounds, and healings while living in their ancestral lands. Read more about Micah’s experiences abroad here.