Ashley Nakanishi will be hosting “LIVE” Facebook and Instagram readings for bookstores near you from 2021-2022.
Nakanishi will not be booking in-person performances, tours, or workshops until 2022 due to Covid-19 travel restrictions.  

Artist. Author. Theatrical Beast.

When she isn’t in a classroom you may find her facilitating creative writing workshops and "community growth” projects on and off island.

If she’s on stage: is she performing a poem or acting in a play?

Or perhaps she is looking crazed in her painting frocks as she is building costumes, sets, and props backstage.

But most likely, you’ve seen her posting dope memes or out and about with her kids and dogs — juggling life like the rest of the world.





If you’d like to schedule a workshop, feature performance or book signing — please click on the link below!

Email me directly at: asasimplepoet@gmail.com or arrange it through my agent by using thebutton below!


 Other Publications: 

Creative Non-Fiction
Race: Beating The Horse Dead (2018)
When Mothers Kill their Children: A Natural Selection Story (2017)
Praying Hands and Bent Knees (2017)
A Lesson on Becoming: A Memoir (2017)
​Bangkok: Isn't This What we Came For? (2016)

She Crazy (forthcoming)
Blood, Sweat and Breastmilk (2016)

​9/11: A Memory (2018)
When Trees Fall (2017)

Seeds to Sea (2016)
Surviving Minerva (2015)

Reviewing the History of English in 'Purple Hibiscus'(2017)
Beloved: Understanding the 'Ghost' Story(2017)
Deciphering Cypher: The Kynical Subject(2017)
Keeping Traditions Alive: Indigenous Literacy Today (2017)
Erasing The Borders of Language in Multi-Cultural Education(2016)

Articles: Ka Ohana News
"Campus security issues surface in wake of thefts" - December Issue 2014
"Going the distance for online courses" - November Issue 2014
"Crayons and classrooms" - October Issue 2014 (Front page)
"Hawai'i Slam" - May Issue 2014
"Apprentices surrender to Atelier" - April 2014 (Front page)
"Counselor fights back" - March 2014
"Interim vice-chancellor proves 'the shoe fits'" - March 2014
"TRiO SSS: help on every level" - February 2014
"Ardis Eschenburg, new VC" - February 2014
"'Battle of Will' : A thinking man's 'Goodfellas'" - February 2014

Spoken Word: https://itslitwithphdj.wordpress.com/2018/10/14/11-21-18-show-ft-ashley-nakanishi/
Interview with Mpho: http://www.journeywithmpho.podbean.com/
Interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBdHRwZqlqM
Short Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ca9KBJ7laNE


Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can be used to empower and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people. But stories can also repair that broken dignity.” - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


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