The daughter of two Harvard academics, I was born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts. My parents were specialists in European history and art history, respectively, and I spent a year in Germany when I was ten but my great loves were English fantasy and English and American science fiction. Coming back from Germany I fell in love with East Asian art, thanks to my mother taking me to the amazing East Asian collection at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. I was entranced by Chinese landscapes and Japanese woodblock prints and soon became interested in Japanese haiku. My high school principal found me a tutor in Japanese and suggested that I go to Japan my senior year.
- Oh wind! If winter comes can spring be far behind? - P.B. Shelley
- I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. - Roy Batty, Blade Runner
- Pity? It was pity that stayed his hand. Pity and mercy not to strike without need. - Gandalf, The Fellowship of the Ring.