Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature cum laude, Princeton University, 1986; 5th Year Degree in East Asian Studies, Princeton University, 1986; Master of Fine Arts in Fiction, Columbia University, 1991.
Reporter New York bureau Yomiuri Shimbun, New York City, 1987-1988. Lecturer writing Princeton University, 1988-1989. James Thurber writer-in-residence Ohio State University, Columbus, 1991-1992.
Bunting fellow creative writing Mary Ingraham Bunting institute Radcliffe University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1992-1993. Writing instructor Columbia University, New York City, 1993-1994. Assistant professor writing Colgate University, Hamilton, New York, since 1994.
Ombudsman, writing coach Columbus Dispatch. Interpreter Smithsonian Institution. Lecturer, interpreter New York Japan Society.
Researcher, writer National Public Radio. Guest lecturer department English Kagoshima University, 1983-1985. Lecturer Emerson College, 1993.
Judge Rona Jaffe/Radcliffe Prizes Creative Writing Radcliffe College, 1993. Final out of state judge Rhode Island State Council Arts Fellowship Literature, 1993. Lecturer, workshop leader in field.
Married Garth Evans, August 21, 1993.