Illustrated White Cats

Bio for the Birds

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Alison Minami is an LA based writer, performer, and educator. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts from UC Riverside. Her fiction has appeared in Angel City Review and Connotation Press as well as been a finalist for the Meyerson Southwest Review Fiction Contest and the California Exchange for Poets and Writers. She has attended The Sewanee Writers' Conference, Kundiman Writer's Retreat, and the VONA Writers' Conference. As a playwright, she trained at the David Henry Hwang Writers Institute. She works with the Antaeus Theater Playwrights Lab, Company of Angels Playwriting Group, and East West Players playwrights group. Her play Face to the Sun has had professional readings at the Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation, East West Players, the Victory Gardens Theater as part of the CAATA Confest, and at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival as part of their Black Swan New Play Development Program. Her play Dear Baby X was chosen for the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights’ New Works Reading in conjunction with East West Players. It also had developmental readings at the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, All Terrain Theater of Berkeley, and Here and Now Theater of Los Angeles. Her play Urban Scholars was a semi-finalist for the Ashland New Play Festival. Her one-act play Shizzy's Story was produced by Enrichment Works and toured across LAUSD schools. She was a member of Playground LA, a 10 minute play collective, for which her piece This is a Banana was selected for Season 6.  Her storytelling can be heard on the Moth Radio Hour. She is a proud member of the Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative (LAFPI) and a writer for their blog. You can find her work on the New Play Exchange