Mara Matsumura

Mara Matsumura was born and raised in Berkeley, California, to second generation
Japanese-American parents from Washington and Hawaii. She currently manages a
library and information center at a biotechnology company in the San Francisco
Bay Area.

Mara’s interests include: music, writing, travel, backpacking, running, hiking, bicycling,
reading, and the outdoors. To date, her favorite travel destinations include: Cuba,
Zimbabwe, Turkey, and the high Sierras.

Mara’s writing draws from her colorful and complex family, socio-political perspectives,
environmental work, volunteer stints in Africa, wilderness journeys, and international travel.
She has served as editor and written for various professional association publications and
company newsletters. Mara is currently working on a collection of non-fiction pieces.