“River of Life,” in A Woman’s Passion for Travel, edited by Marybeth Bond and Pamela Michael, Traveler’s Tales Books, September 1999.
Also anthologized in Family Travel: The Farther You Go the Closer You Get, edited by Laura Manske, Traveler’s Tales Books, May 1999.
“Nagata-san” excerpt from The Road Through Miyama, Maiden Voyages, Writings of Women Travelers, edited by Mary Morris, (Vintage Books, 1993).
“Rice Harvest,” in Japan: True Stories of Life on the Road, edited by Donald W. George, Traveler’s Tales Books, September 1999.
Translations and Poems: “Black Bowl Dreaming”,The Earth in Bloom, Meam Publishing, December 2006.
Heart of Flame Documentary on the work of Otani Shiro, 1993.
90 minutes. Produced by NHK (Japanese public television) and Right Stuff Video corporation. Japanese dialogue translated to English.
The Future of Longform: exploring the Space between Writers and Readers in the new Media Galaxy, “Picturing the Essay” interviewed by Pepi Ronalds, Melbourne, Australia, Nov 13, 2012 http://futureoflongform.com/picturing-essay/ Writers on the Fly:Unesco Project: Cities of Literature, Iowa City, Recorded Nov, 2010, interviewed by Ben Hill, broadcast January 2011. YouTube as (Author Interview)
River of Words: Portraits of Hudson Valley Writers, edited by Nina Shengold (interview format), SUNY press, August 2010.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER Invitations: Tinker Mountain Writers Conference, Women in Clay Conference:
Hollins College, Roanoke, VA. June 10, 2015
Keynote lecture: Apprenticeship in two Cultures: Writing and Ceramics Bancroft Young Writers Conference:
Worcester, MA. November 2011 Keynote lecture: New Forms in Nonfiction
Sarah Hull Hallock Free Library Founder’s Day Annual Speaker, April 14, 2011
Conference Papers/ Panels organized: Geography of the Imagination: The Island, Panel Co-Chair, Talk “Islands of Clay: Toshiko Takaezu,” College Art Association Conference, Feb 13, 2015.
Herrings and Apples, and the Lyric Time, invited to deliver two talks at the 2012 Bedell Conference in Melbourne, NonfictioNow, Melbourne Australia, Nov 21 – 24, 2012.
Exiles on Main Street: Memoir and the Far-Flung Place, paper delivered at the Bedell Conference in Nonfiction, University of Iowa, Nov 4, 2010.
Aftershock: What Happens When You Throw off the Veil of Fiction to render long hidden Truths? Panel organize and paper presented at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference AWP, Conference, Chicago, March 2009.
(this paper was expanded and then published in the literary journal Fourth Genre)
Indra’s Net, Essay presented as part of “Giving Voice: Conference on Memoir,” Trinity College, Hartford, CT. March 29-31, 2007.
Through the Senses, a paper presented as part of a panel titled “Body as Muse”, Associated Writing Programs & Writers Conference, Austin, TX, March 2006.
Mary McCarthy: Icon Undone, a paper presented as part of a panel with Phillip Lopate and Sandi Wisenberg, titled “Mary McCarthy: A Creative Nonfiction Appreciation,” Nonfiction Now Conference, The University of Iowa, November, 2005.
(this paper was expanded and revised and published in the Tampa Review)
Daring Truths: The role of research in novel-writing, a panel organized and convened and paper presented at the annual Association of Writers & Writing Programs AWP Conference, March 2005.
Pulling in the Real: A Workshop on Research Strategies, Opportunities, Challenges and Conundrums, panel organized and paper presented at the Bedell Conference on Nonfiction, The University of Iowa, Nov 1 - 3, 2007.
Landscape as the Confluence of Family and National Identities: A Hudson Valley Farm: Three Centuries, Five Wars, One Family a paper delivered as part of a panel organized and convened with co-organizer Cindy Ott at the American Society for Environmental History Annual Meeting. Panel title: “Family Farms, Wild Birds and Town Festivals: Thinking with Flora and Fauna in modern North America,” March 2003.
Finding A Place, a talk on the teaching of Asian American Literature. Presented at the American Literature Association Conference, June 2, 1996.
LECTURES ON ART for Museums: Geography of the Imagination Panel member, Longside Gallery, Arts Council Collections, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Yorkshire, UK. Fellow panel Members: Jon Wood, Senior Curator, Henry Moore Institute Penelope Curtis, Director Tate Museum; Ann Compton, Art Critic, Glasgow University. March, 25, 2012.
Readings/ Public Talks/ Author Interviews Hidden In Clay, talk delivered at the Princeton University Art Museum, September 11, 2010.
Kindrid Spirits: Asher B. Durand and the American Landscape – invited to deliver a lecture as part of a panel/program on landscape, Brooklyn Museum of Art, June 9, 2007.
Questions of Mingei: An Apprenticeship, a talk at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, April 27, 1996.
Literary Readings/Talks: (Selected)
An Evening with Leila Philip, Annual “Authors Night,” Day Kimball Hospital, Putnam, CT (fundraiser event raised $4,200 for hospital) Nov. 2014
James Agee and Walker Evans: A Closer Look, Craft Talk and Lecture delivered
Ashland University, July 29, 2013.
New Work, Nonfiction reading, Ashland University, July 30, 2014.
Water Rising, Poetry Reading, Ashland University, Aug 2, 2013.
New Work, Working Writers Series,College of the Holy Cross, Sept 2012
Shagbark, Poetry Reading, Ashland University, August 4, 2011.
Elizabeth Bishop: In The Waiting Room, Poetry Lecture, Jacob Edwards Public Library, “Common Threads” Poetry Project, April 28, 2011
Getting Real, Country Bookshelf, Bozeman, MT, Reading/ Memoir Workshop,
March 10, 2011
“Black Bowl Dreaming” (Poetry) “Wedding Dress” (Essay), Fairfield University, Jan 2, 2011
“A Family Place: Epilogue” Reading / Author talk, American Association of University Women: Shoreline Branch, Spring Lecture, Feb 16 2011
Author Event: “A Family Place,” Jacob Edwards Library, Southbridge, MA
(fundraiser for library, raised $500) Feb 24, 2011
Memoir: The Ambush of Truth Author Reading /Featured Speaker: Putnam Historical Society, Cold Spring, NY, Nov 13, 2010.
Literally Nonfiction? A Writer’s Craft Talk on the role of Invention in Nonfiction Prose, a talk delivered in the Humanities Colloquium Series, Colgate University, April 3, 2001.
Talavera: Country Seat or Working Farm? a talk on the subject of farming in the romantic era landscapes of the Mid-Hudson Valley. Annual May 20, 2000.
Once a Pilgrim, a lecture on Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, written for the “Images of Rural Life in Literature” series at the Morrisville Public Library, sponsored by the New York Council on the Humanities, April 26, 2000.
Research, Research, Research, A Writer’s Craft Talk, Chenango Writers’ Conference, Colgate University, July 1999.
Satsuma, a lecture and reading based on writing and research used in The Road Through Miyama, delivered at the Rhode Island School of Design (joint sponsorship by the English department and Asian Studies Council), April 8, 1999.
In Cold Fact, a talk exploring some of the ethical and aesthetic issues of nonfiction as seen in the work of Truman Capote and others, Wichita State University, October 15, 1999.
Creative Non-fiction, Meaning Fact or Fiction or What? A Writer’s Craft Talk on Nonfiction Prose. MFA program in creative writing at Washington University, St. Louis. November, 1998.
Factually Speaking, a writer’s craft talk: The Chenango Valley Writers’ Conference, Colgate University, July,1996.
WRITING WORKSHOPS: Young Writers Conference, Bancroft School, Worcester, MA Keynote Speaker fall 2011, Faculty Mentor, fall 2014
Includes reporting for Japan's largest newspaper, The Yomiuri Shimbun; serving as ombudsman and writing coach for The Columbus Dispatch, advising on Japan coverage; interpreting Japanese language for the Smithsonian Institution; and lecturing about Japan, and interpreting Japanese language for the New York Japan Society. Lectures on art: Princeton University (2011), Brooklyn Museum of Art (2010).
Fluent in Japanese Honored Graduate Faculty Mentor: Ashland University, Low Residency MFA Program, Ashland, OH 2011, 2013- present
OTHER LITERARY ACTIVITIES: (Selected since 1993)
Riverteeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative, Contributing Editor
External Examiner Hobart William Smith, Honors Thesis in nonfiction, 2003.
Panelist for the National Endowment for the Humanities: Fellowships (American Studies) 2003.
Advisor, “Harvest of History” NY State Historical Association, Cooperstown, NY 2002 – 2004.
Panelist for Nonfiction, Millay Colonyfor the Arts, Austerlitz, NY, 2001 – present.
Typescripts read forSyracuse University Press, Oxford University Press, Longman Press., 2000- present.
Judge for the Alliance for Young Writers, New York City, 1999.
Judge for the Radcliffe College Rona Jaffe/ Radcliffe Prizes in Creative Writing, 1993.
Judge for Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Fellowship in Literature, 1993.
Previous Teaching Positions: Vassar College, Visiting Writer, fall 2002- 2003
Workshop: “The Art of the Essay”; Lit. Course: “Asian American Literature.”
Colgate University, Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing , 1994 - 2002
Developed the program in nonfiction for the Creative Writing Emphasis. Writing courses include workshops in nonfiction and fiction at all levels. Literature courses include: “Studies in Nonfiction,” “Asian American Literature.”General Curriculum courses include Japanese Studies, Japanese Literature, Environmental Studies
Columbia University, Writing Division, School of General Studies, 1993- 4
Writing seminars in the memoir and personal essay.
Emerson College, May - July 1993
Seminars in Japanese literature.
The Ohio State University, 1991 - 1992
As the James Thurber Visiting Writer, taught
Graduate and undergraduate -level writing workshops on the essay and literary journalism.
Princeton University, 1988 - 1989
Department of English. Visiting Lecturer, taught Writing 151, an introduction to literary journalism