Associate Professor W. Todd Kaneko

M.F.A. Creative Writing, Arizona State University
B.A. English emphasis in Writing, University of Washington
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W. Todd Kaneko is the author of The Dead Wrestler Elegies (Curbside Splendor, 2014) and This Is How the Bone Sings (Black Lawrence Press, 2020), and co-author with Amorak Huey of Poetry: A Writers' Guide and Anthology (Bloomsbury Academic, 2018). His poems, stories, and essays have appeared in Bellingham Review, Los Angeles Review, NANO Fiction, The Normal School, [PANK], The Collagist, Gulf Coast, The Rumpus, Bring the Noise: Best Pop Culture Essays from Barrelhouse Magazine, Song of the Owashtanong: Grand Rapids Poetry in the 21st Century, Best Small Fictions 2017 and 2018, and many other places. A Kundiman Fellow, he is co-editor of the online literary magazine Waxwing and lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he is an Associate Professor in the Writing Department at Grand Valley State University.

At GVSU, he teaches a variety of courses, including introduction to creative writing, intermediate and advanced fiction and poetry classes. and courses in style. He is currently faculty advisor for the In the Margins poetry club. Among his current projects, he is working on a sequence of flash fictions called Metalhead, a manuscript of lyric essays about professional wrestling, and a new poetry manuscript.

You can visit him on the web at

Todd Kaneko