Hiromi Goto

Hiromi Goto (1966, Chiba-ken, Japan) is a Japanese-Canadian editor, writer, essayist, and teacher of creative writing. She immigrated to Canada with her family in 1969. Goto earned her B.A. in English from the University of Calgary in 1989. She is the current Writer-in-Residence of the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. She was also the Writer-in-Residence at Vancouver’s Emily Carr School of Art and Design, Vancouver Public Library, and Simon Fraser University.

Hiromi Goto
GOTO, Hiromi


  • Chorus of Mushrooms (1994), received the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book in the Caribbean and Canada region and was co-winner of the Canada-Japan Book Award.
  • The Kappa Child (2001), was a finalist for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Regional Book, and was awarded the James Tiptree Jr. Memorial Award.
  • Half World (2009), was long-listed for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and received the 2010 Sunburst Award and the Carl Brandon Society Parallax Award.


  • The Skin on Our Tongues. Calgary: Absinthe, 1993. (co-editor)
  • Chorus of Mushrooms. Edmonton: NeWest, 1994.
  • The Water of Possibility. Regina: Coteau, 2001.
  • The Kappa Child. Red Deer, AB: Red Deer, 2001.
  • Hopeful Monsters. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2004.
  • Half World. Puffin Canada, 2009.
  • Darkest Light. Puffin Canada, 2012.

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