Richard Read Oyama

Richard Oyama earned a Master’s degree in English: Creative Writing at San Francisco State University and a B.A. English from The City College of New York. The Country They Know, a volume of poetry, was published in 2005. Riot Goin’ On, his first novel, is forthcoming.

Stories by Richard Read Oyama


Illustrated by Joey To

Crystal’s day was going terrible. That morning she and her mother met with the people at Welfare so her check wouldn’t be cut. She met with another representative in New Mexico Human Services so they could issue her an EBT card for emergency food stamps. She was squatting against the fake marble pillar in front …