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Hiromi Goto

Athabasca University's 2012-13 writer in residence, Hiromi Goto, is funded by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and Zoomer Media.


Born in Japan, Hiromi Goto grew up in British Columbia and Nanton, Alberta, the setting of her first novel, Chorus of Mushrooms (1994) which was the recipient of the regional Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for best first book and co-winner of the Japan-Canada Book Award. Goto’s second novel, The Kappa Child (2001), was nominated for the Commonwealth Prize for Best Regional Book, and received the James Tiptree Jr. Memorial Award. Her work often combines references to Japanese folklore and contemporary urban life. She is a recognized author of award-winning fiction for young adults (Half World, Darkest Light), poetry, short stories and nonfiction. An experienced writer in residence, writing instructor and editor, she is active in the literary community. Goto lives in British Columbia and is currently at work on a graphic novel.

Hiromi Goto’s website ( contains a full listing of her works, her current activities, and her blog.

Updated December 11 2017 by Student & Academic Services

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