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Chiori Miya

Chiori Miya is a New York City–based playwright and theater artist who writes plays under the name Chiori Miyagawa. A collection of seven of her plays, Thousand Years Waiting and Other Plays, is published by Seagull Books, and another collection of five plays, America Dreaming and Other Plays, is published by NoPassport Press. “Love Suicides in Tsunami Country” is her non-theater-related prose debut. Part of the essay was written at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University. Special thanks to Sarah Messer and Viet Nguyen.

Love Suicides in Tsunami Country

Friday, March 11, 2011, at 3 a.m. in New York City, I awoke to a strange beeping sound. My husband was cursing in the living room of our Union Square apartment. Hap had started to take my laptop apart to…