Diana Morita Cole

Diana Morita Cole is an author, storyteller, and winner of the 2017 Carver Award for Emerging Writers sponsored by the Nelson & District Arts Council and the Kootenay Literary Society for her book, Sideways: Memoir of a Misfit, Her writing has been published in The New Orphic Review, short-listed in the Open-Season Competition of The Malahat Review, nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and included on the reading list of three institutions of higher learning in Canada and in the United States. The Columbia Basin Trust awarded her with a grant to self- publish her memoir. Founder of the Nelson Asian Heritage Event, Diana tells stories about her birth in the Minidoka War Relocation Center and the persecution of Japanese Canadians and Japanese Latin Americans during WWII.