Tamiko Beyer

Poet and writer. Author of We Come Elemental and bough breaks.


Tamiko Beyer

Tamiko Beyer is the author of the award-winning poetry collection We Come Elemental (Alice James Books), the chapbook bough breaks (Meritage Press), and co-author of the chapbook dovetail (Slapering hol press), with kimiko hahn.

Her poetry has appeared in journals including The Volta, Tupelo Quarterly, and The Progressive and several anthologies. She is a founding member of Agent 409: a queer, multi-racial writing collective in New York City that performed across the east coast and led workshops at conferences such as the U.S. Social Forum and Split this Rock Poetry Festival.

She has received several fellowships and grants, including a Kundiman fellowship, a grant from the Astraea Lesbian Writers Fund, and an Olin and Chancellor’s Fellowships from Washington University in St. Louis. She is on the board of, and was a longtime workshop leader for, the New York Writers Coalition.

With a background in communications writing and grassroots organizing, Tamiko has worked for a variety of nonprofit organizations, including the news program Democracy Now!, feminist film distributor Women Make Movies, San Francisco Women Against Rape, and Corporate Accountability.

Raised in Tokyo, Japan, Tamiko has lived on both the East and West coasts. She is a dancer and yoga enthusiast. She received her B.A. from Fairhaven College at Western Washington University and her M.F.A. from Washington University in St. Louis. She lives in Boston near the Neponset River with her partner and two Wheaton terriers.


©  2013 Tamiko Beyer