About Us

John Gribble is a poet and writer on music and other topics. A native of Southern California, he has lived in Tokyo since 1993. His work appears internationally and his books include 100 Poets, One Song Each (a translation of The Ogura Hyakunin Isshu of Fujiwara no Teika), Ueno Mornings and Another Wrong Fedora. He has been involved with the JWC since the first conference in 2007, and has served as co-organizer since 2009.

Karen McGee is a fiction writer who has lived in Tokyo since 1993. She serves with John Gribble as co-organizer of the Japan Writers Conference and the monthly Tokyo Writers Workshop. Her story “Dot Rat” was included in Best American Mystery Stories 2017. At JWC she has given the presentations “Writing Violence” and “Writing About Sex.”

Tom Baker is the JWC Publicity Coordinator.  A staff writer for The Japan News, he has given four presentations at the JWC over the years: “Interviewing Creative Subjects” in 2010, “Editing for Brevity” in 2014, “Anatomy of a Book Review” in 2018, and “How to Write a Pub Quiz” in 2021. He is also a co-author of “Tokyo Chic” and “The Sushi Lover’s Cookbook.”

Amy Yuki Vickers is the webmaster for the Japan Writers Conference website. She’s the author of the weekly newsletter The Intentional Hulk, where she sends out little nuggets of purpose that help you create a life you enjoy.

Charles Kowalski is hosting the Japan Writers Conference 2022. He is the author of the Japan-based middle-grade fantasy Simon Grey and the March of a Hundred Ghosts, and the contemporary thrillers Mind Virus and The Devil’s Son. He has won the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Award, and has been a finalist for the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award, the Pacific Northwest Writers’ Association Literary Award, and the Adventure Writers Grandmaster Award. When not writing, he teaches in the International Education Center at Tokai University.
Joan Bailey is an American writer currently living in Japan where her work focuses on food, farming and farmers markets with a little bit of travel thrown in for good measure. You can find her articles and essays at The Japan Times, Civil Eats, Modern Farmer, Permaculture Magazine, and Tokyo Weekender among others. She also can be seen teaching now and again at Tokai University.


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