R130. Then We Came to the End

Room 515 A, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 31, 2016
9:00 am to 10:15 am


How do you know when you are at the end of a story? Western stories are said to finish in one of two ways: a wedding or a funeral. The Japanese psychoanalyst Hayao Kawai has said that the preferred ending to a story in Japan is with a beautiful image. So, is the ending to a story partly a cultural preference? Does every story have one perfect ending?



Marie Mutsuki Mockett is half-Japanese and half-American. Her memoir, Where the Dead Pause and the Japanese Say Goodbye: A Journey, examines grief against the backdrop of the 2011 Great East Earthquake, and Mockett’s family temple, twenty-five miles from the Fukushima nuclear reactor.

Hasanthika Sirisena's stories have appeared in Glimmer Train, Epoch, StoryQuarterly, Narrative, and other magazines. She is a recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writer's Award and the 2015 Juniper Prize for Fiction. Her short story collection The Other One is forthcoming in 2016.

A.N. Devers's fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in Lapham's Quarterly, the New Yorker, the Paris Review, Slice, the Southampton Review, the Rumpus, Tin House, and elsewhere. She is an editor at Longreads.com and editor of Writers' Houses, a website dedicated to literary pilgrimage.

Sunil Yapa holds an MFA from Hunter College. His work has appeared in the Margins, Hyphen magazine, the Tottenville Review, and others. He has won numerous awards, including, The Best Asian American Short Story in 2010. His debut novel is, Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist.


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