Joe Tsujimoto was born, raised, and married in New York City, and emigrated to his wife’s home in Hawai`i in 1975. He earned an M.A. in English at University of Hawai`i. He has taught at Seabird Hall, Iolani, and Punahou School. He has published two teacher texts: Teaching Poetry Writing To Adolescents (NCTE/ERIC) and Lighting Fires: How the Passionate Teacher Engages Adolescent Writers (Heinemann). He has also published a collection of short fiction, Morningside Heights: New York Stories (Bamboo Ridge), which won the 2008 Elliot Cades Award for Literature, and was a finalist for the 2010 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing.