Gail Tsukiyama is the author of seven novels, including Women of the Silk, The Samurai's Garden, The Street of a Thousand Blossoms, and A Hundred Flowers. She has been the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Award, the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence, and the Asia Pacific Leadership Award from the Center of the Pacific Rim and the Ricci Institute. She was one of fifty authors chosen by the Library of Congress to participate in the first National Book Festival in Washington D.C. and has been a guest speaker at International Literary Festivals in Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney, England, and Toronto. A resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, she has taught at San Francisco State University, University of California, Berkeley, and Mills College.
Gail is also currently the Executive Director of WaterBridge Outreach: Books + Water, a nonprofit organization that provides books, literacy materials, mobile libraries, and water-related projects in developing countries.