Young novelist Zoe Hana Mikuta launches WSU Guest Writers Series | WSU Insider
Young novelist Zoe Hana Mikuta leads the Washington State University Guest Writers Series, September 22 at 6:30 p.m. In Person at Pullman at the Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center, simultaneously airing on YOUTUBE Live. The event is free and open to the public.
Mikuta, a student at the University of Washington in Seattle, has just released her first novel, Gear breaker, published by Feiwel & Friends / Macmillan. She grew up in Boulder, Colorado, where she developed a deep love for Muay Thai kickboxing and writing fiction. She is currently finishing her studies in creative writing and the history of religions, a subject that feeds her stories. On her website, Mikuta says that she “enjoys writing about deteriorating worlds inhabited by moody, morally wrong, and big-hearted characters.”
She recently sold the film rights to Gear breaker. At the age of 19, she won a two-book publishing deal, which includes the next sequel to Gear breaker. In an essay for a UW creative writing class, Mikuta wrote, “I write about queer, half-white girls and kill their families for the drama of it all. I make them fight robots, because it’s exciting, and I make them fall in love with giving them something to fight for.
The WSU Guest Writers Series is conducted with the support of several contributors and sponsors, including ASWSU, the undergraduate literary magazine of the WSU Landescapes, the WSU Vancouver Department of English, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, the Academic Outreach and Innovation, the Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center, and the WSU Common Reading Program.