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Who Are We

The Author

Kathryn Graven is a writer, mixed-media artist, musician and a lifelong sewer.        

Fluent in Japanese, she began her journalism career in Tokyo at the ABC News Bureau, and then became a Tokyo correspondent for The Wall Street Journal. In the U.S., she reported for the WSJ from New York and Boston, and taught international business reporting at Boston University.


Kathryn graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in History and a master’s degree in East Asian Studies. She graduated from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in New York. She was a fellow at the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations at Harvard University, and was awarded an Abe Fellowship by the Japan Foundation.

Pivoting to a new career, Kathryn studied mixed-media painting and abstract art at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She shows her artwork in monthly open studios and participates in solo and group art events.


Originally from Minnesota, Kathryn lives with her husband in Boston, and is mother to their two grown sons. During the summer, she lives on Great Cranberry Island, Maine. Passionate about preserving and sharing the bounty of her Maine garden, she makes delicious jams and irresistible pickles.

Memoirs of a Mask Maker is her first book.

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