Chemist. Poet. Fifth-degree black belt. Meet Ryka Aoki, author of the new Lamba Literary Award-nominated book of poetry (and more), Seasonal Velocities. In this interview, we discuss her previous job doing weird science (really, really weird science), publishing her book with a brand-new DIY all-trans press, and her Lamba Literary Award nomination. Highlights include:
- how judo prepared her for a life in the social justice movement,
- how being an abuse victim helped prepare her for an MFA in poetry,
- why your "movement" work doesn't have to end in becoming jaded and burning out.