Sarah Sakurazawa

Storyteller – Journalist – Dancer

Sign: Gemini

Education: Dance major at Ohio University and B.A. in creative writing from the University of Michigan

Career highlight: Seeing Sandra Day O’Connor in the Canyon Ranch locker room while on assignment doing spa story for Phoenix Magazine.

Best job title: Conan the Grammarian (what comic artist Bob Boze Bell called me at my first editing job at Phoenix New Times). 

Last newspaper job: Special projects editor at The Bellingham (Wash.) Herald

Favorite food: Rhubarb pie à la mode. 

Regrets? Not taking Japanese in college. 

Other languages: French and Latin. 

Motto: Ad astra per aspera (also the Kansas state motto).

Honors and associations: Phi Beta Kappa Society, Asian American Journalists Association, Whatcom County Dairy Women

Latest project: Performing with a multiracial, multigenerational dance group in pieces about the Japanese-American World War II incarceration camp experience. 

Favorite movies: “The Sound of Music,” “Sense and Sensibility” and “The Russians Are Coming, The Russians are Coming.” 

Dream interview: Buddha.

Photo by Nick Ut