Angela Yuriko Smith is a mixed-heritage Asian American poet, author and publisher with over 20 years of experience in newspaper journalism. She began with newspapers as a photographer, reporter and editor, but in 2011 she started writing speculative fiction with her first novella, End of Mae. Since then she has been building her body of work and reputation. As of 2021, she has fiction and poetry in over 60 books and ebooks.
Highlights of her career include a Bram Stoker Awards® finalist for her 2018 novella Bitter Suites, Elgin nominations for her poetry chapbooks In Favor of Pain (2016) and Altars and Oubliettes (2020), and in 2019 she won the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association’s Dwarf Star for her poem “Dark Matters.”
Her short story “Vanilla Rice” was first included in Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy anthology, winner of the 2018 Alberta Book Publishing Award Winner for Speculative Fiction of the Year and a 2018 (Canadian SF&F) Aurora Award Finalist in Best Related Work/Anthology. “Vanilla Rice” was reprinted in Bitter Suites, which was selected as a 2018 Bram Stoker Award® finalist and also appears in Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women, the Bram Stoker Award® winning anthology for 2020.
Currently she has two stories in the recent Bram Stoker Award® winning anthology Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women and her poem “Waiting to Exhale” (HWA Poetry Showcase Vol. VII, ed. Stephanie Wytovich) is a 2021 Rhysling nomination. She was nominated for a 2020 Pushcart Prize. She was also selected as the Horror Writer Association’s Mentor of the Year for 2020.
She serves as the Publicity Director for the Missouri Writers Guild board of directors, is a judge for the Horror Writer Association’s (HWA) Dark Poetry scholarship for the third year and is a current judge for the annual HWA Poetry Showcase. She will be the editor for the HWA Poetry Showcase for volumes VIII and IX. In 2019 Angela and her husband (Ryan Aussie Smith) took over Space and Time magazine, est. in 1966.
In 2020 she was invited to contribute to Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women, an anthology from women speculative writers of Asian descent edited by Lee Murray and Geneve Flynn. About the same time violence and racism against Asians began to rise. This affected Angela on a personal level as the Okinawan grandmother she was named after suffered racism in connection with the Pearl Harbor attacks.
Her grandmother’s hope was for her family to be “fully American.” Even her name, Yuriko, was taken from her and anglicized to be Mary. The anti-Asian sentiment Angela saw in her own country, where she considered herself to be “fully American,” called her to action.
To elevate Asian voices, particularly women, she formed a publishing company named Yuriko Publishing LLC in honor of her grandmother. The goal is not to exclude, but to elevate and lend volume to unquiet voices, to borrow from the title of Black Cranes.
With the support of her husband and adult children, all of whom contribute to this cause, she hopes to build connections and broaden the scope of the genre of speculative fiction and poetry. The first book from Yuriko Publishing is Kraken Fever, a poetry collection written by Angela and her daughter Kyra Starr. This special hardback is dedicated to the women in their family, especially the company namesake, Yuriko.
Under her former byline, Angela Yuriko Cato, she worked for two years as a contract writer for MilitaryLifeStyle.com which included interviews with Joan Jett, John Nance, Amy Dacyczyn, and Randy’L He-Dow Teton, the only living model for an American coin.
There she published over 60 articles and maintained two columns titled SAHMM I Am and Military by Moonlight as well as covered the 9/11 crisis from the viewpoint of a military spouse. She has served as a host for JournalJabber online radio talk show and has been interviewed for the Satellite Sister’s Show on National Public Radio for her nonfiction work.
She has a large collection of regular newspaper clips from her time at The Community News in Browns Mills, New Jersey and as a freelance journalist for The Daily News in Fort Walton Beach, Florida and the Kansas City Star in Kansas City, Missouri. In 2016 she published her own online newspaper, The Panhandle Focus, for one year. The archives of that publication are available on Amazon.
She finished her career with newspapers as the Editorial Assistant at the Bay Beacon based on the Emerald Coast and taught creative writing, poetry craft and social media at Northwest Florida State College.
Angela currently lives in Independence, Missouri with her husband and fellow author and narrator Ryan Aussie Smith and their pack of dogs. To find her books, visit her Amazon page.