Bio

Nora Hikari is a bisexual Asian American transgender poet and artist based in Philadelphia. Her work has been selected by many publications, including Ploughshares, Washington Square Review, Palette Poetry, Foglifter Press, The Journal, Gulf Coast, ANMLY, and others.


Hikari is the author of two chapbooks: DEAD NAMES (Another New Calligraphy 2021) and GIRL 2.0 (Seven Kitchens Press 2022). She was a finalist for the 2021 Red Hen Press Benjamin Saltman Award, and is a 2022 Lambda Literary Fellow. Her work has been nominated for Best-of-the-Net, Best Microfiction, Best Small Fictions, and Best New Poets.

Nora received a BA in Psychology and Peace and Conflict Studies from Swarthmore College in 2019 and is an MSLS candidate at Clarion University (c/o 2022).

Hikari has read or is set to read at such events as WOC Speak with Palette Poetry, You Can't Kill A Poet, POEMS NIGHT - HOT•BED, Kick Your Feet Up with The Shade Journal, Poets in Pajamas, and Sarah Lawrence College's Queer Voice Coalition Showcase.

Nora goes by Nora, Kitty, or Hikari, and she uses she/her pronouns. Her work was mentioned in the New York Time's newsletter What To Cook This Week and she hopes that you will cook something nice for yourself. When not writing, she can be found attempting to click heads in Halo Infinite and Overwatch. She "genuinely does listen to everything."

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