B I O G R A P H YKimiko Guthrie grew up in Berkeley, California, dancing like her mother and writing like her father. She teaches dance and theater at CSU East Bay and is the co-artistic director of Dandelion Dancetheater. She holds a BA in Creative Writing from UC Santa Cruz and an MFA in Choreography from Mills College. Kimiko has worked with many Bay Area-based dance companies, including Asian American Dance Performances and the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company. BLOCK SEVENTEEN, inspired by her experience growing up with a mother who was incarcerated in an internment camp during WWII, is her debut novel .