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Room's 2021 Emerging Writer Award - erica hiroko isomura

Room’s 2021 Emerging Writer Award

Erica stands against a brick wall. Text annouces her win as Room's Emerging Writer Award winner

Thank you so much to Room Magazine for selecting me for the 2021 Emerging Writer Award. This was very unexpected and a really wonderful surprise, truly welcomed in our current times. It is an honour to have my work recognized.

My story “Pink + Green” appeared in last year’s Room (issue 43.2), edited by Jessica Johns. It was really cool to hear how the Emerging Writer Award is voted upon by the Room collective after editors select their nominees and find out that my work resonated with so many others.

For the award, Roomʼs Tamara Jong interviewed me to discuss the craft of my creative non-fiction work in “Pink + Green,” the power in the language of names, and drawing diary comics during the pandemic.

You can read the interview here, which also includes my latest bird comic!