Todd Kaneko is the author of The Dead Wrestler Elegies (Curbside Splendor 2014) and co-author with Amorak Huey of the textbook Poetry: A Writers’ Guide and Anthology (Bloomsbury Academic 2018). His poems, essays and stories have appeared in Barrelhouse, The Collagist, [PANK], The Normal School, Diode, SmokeLong Quarterly, NANO Fiction, The Rumpus, Best Small Fictions 2017 and 2018, and many other journals and anthologies. Among the several projects currently under way, he is working on a sequence of flash fictions about a teenaged boy in the mid-80s called Metalhead; a manuscript of lyric essays examining race, gender, and American culture through the lens of professional wrestling; and a new manuscript of poems.
He holds degrees from Arizona State University (MFA, Creative Writing) and the University of Washington (BA, English). A Kundiman Fellow, he is co-editor of the online literary magazine Waxwing, and teaches creative writing at Grand Valley State University. Originally from Seattle, he currently lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with the writer Caitlin Horrocks and their son.
The only thing he really watches on television right now is pro wrestling. He watches too much pro wrestling, but also not enough pro wrestling. Books he has loved reading recently include Scale by Nathan McClain, Karankawa by Iliana Rocha, Telepathologies by Cortney Lamar Charleston, The Big Smoke by Adrian Matejka, Cenzontle by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, and Barbie Chang by Victoria Chang. When he is not writing, reading, teaching or parenting, he dreams of one day having time to play video games again.
- “Where the Sky Meets the Earth / Academy of American Poets”
- “Selected Legends of Andre the Giant / Poetry Foundation”
- “Two Poems / Cotton Xenomorph“
- “Four Poems / Heavy Feather Review”
- “Three Flash Fictions / Gulf Coast”
- “Two Flash Fictions / New South”
Photo Credit: Caitlin Horrocks