Clara Kumagai is from Canada, Japan and Ireland. Her fiction and non-fiction for children and adults has been published in The Stinging Fly, The Irish Times, Banshee, Room, The Kyoto Journal and Cicada, among others. Her short story, ‘A Girl Named Indigo’, was translated and published in Japanese as a picture book with the title Indigo wo sagashite (Shogakukan, 2020).
As a recipient of a We Need Diverse Books Mentorship, she is currently being mentored by Nicola Yoon, and is working on a young adult novel, Catfish Rolling, which was a finalist for the 2020 Jim Wong-Chu Emerging Writers Award. She is also developing an essay collection centred around multiracial identity, hybridity and belonging. She lives in Tokyo.