Leza Lowitz
  • 54, Female
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Japan
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  • Loraine Van Tuyl
  • Melissa Uchiyama
  • Kamran Javed
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  • Anne Boyd Rioux
  • Jody Gore
  • Terry Crawford Palardy
  • Nicolia
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Who I am:
I am a yoga teacher and yoga studio owner who writes poetry, fiction, Young Adult fiction, non-fiction, art criticism, literary criticism, etc. I'm also an editor and co-translator of Japanese literature and a former art critic for Art in America.
Connect with me online! My site, blog, or Twitter handle are:
Twitter: Ninjagrrlz
Website: www.lezalowitz.com and www.sunandmoon.jp
Wikipedia: Leza Lowitz
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
I've published 17 books but am most proud of my Amazon #1 best-seller in Spiritual Books, "Yoga Poems: Lines to Unfold By" and its follow-up, "Yoga Heart: Lines on the Six Perfections."

Other favorites are "Sacred Sanskrit Words: For Yoga, Chant and Meditation" and the "Japan Journals 1947-2004" of eminent film critic Donald Richie, which I edited.

I often write with my husband, poet and MG novelist Shogo Oketani, which keeps us on our toes--"Designing With Kanji: For Surface, Skin, and Spirit," and translation of modernist Japanese war-protest poet Ayukawa Nobuo ("America and Other Poems"). We will publish our debut Young Adult novel in November, 2013 about a female ninja and her fight to save her indigenous tribe, called "Jet Black and the Ninja Wind" (Tuttle/Simon & Schuster).

I have had writing published in Yoga Journal, Shambhala Sun, Huffington Post, Harpers, NPR's Sound of Writing, etc.

I'm the winner of a PEN Syndicated Fiction Award, PEN Josephine Miles Poetry Award, Grants from NEA/NEH, the U.S.-Japan Friendship Commission Award for the Translation of Japanese Literature at Columbia University.

Co-author of cult favorite film "Milk" which premiered at Berlin Film Festival.
Media outlets that I currently write for:
Huffington Post, Redroom, Shambhala Sun, New York Times "Motherlode" column online (forthcoming), Yoga Journal, Yogini (Japan), Yoga International.New York Times "Motherlode" column.

Regular columnist for "Doubletake" column in Wingspan, ANA airlines in-flight magazine.

You can read a segment of my memoir-in-progress on adopting in Japan in the New York Times here:


and in Shambhala Sun here:
My writing is:
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Memoir, Journalism, Blog Posts, Screenwriting, Lit Crit
Outlets where I review books, TV, or film:
Past: The Japan Times, Asahi Evening News, Art in America, Sculpture, Manoa Journal (University of Hawaii Press), San Francisco Chronicle, Oakland Tribune, etc.
Services I offer to other writers:
love and support
I'm part of these writers' groups or salons:
SCBWI Tokyo Chapter
My professional associations:
SCBWI, SWET, (Society of Writers, Editors, Translators), PEN
I found out about She Writes from:

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At 2:44am on September 19, 2015, Sheila Grinell said…

I am so glad we connected in Tokyo. I hope we reconnect before long. Best wishes for everything.

At 9:28am on August 3, 2015, Sheila Grinell said…

I am a new She Writer. I am coming to Tokyo Sept. 10-12 (after an absence of 37 years). Would you like to meet? I'm traveling with two women friends. We'd love to connect however briefly.


Sheila Grinell

At 11:06am on May 11, 2015, Tania Pryputniewicz said…

Leza, just linked your Mother's Day post to one I put up by Barbara Rockman at Mother Writer Mentor--just gorgeous. We are always looking for guest posts on any aspect of being a writer and a mother; this month, we are doing an extended look at Mother's Day, even post Mother's Day reveries. Thanks for the beautiful read.

At 8:41pm on July 9, 2013, Olga Godim said…

Hi, Leza. Thanks for your friend request. All the best in your new endeavor - raising a child.

At 8:17am on June 25, 2013, Adela Crandell Durkee said…

Hi Leza,  Sorry I took so long to get back to you.  I see you are a yoga lover, like me. I need all the love and support and can get and give. 

At 8:47pm on June 18, 2013, Nicolia said…

Thank you for your kind words!

At 7:32pm on June 18, 2013, Gueh Yanting, Claudine said…

Hi Leza, thanks for the friend invitation. I love your answer on 'Services I offer to other writers.' Don't we all need that! Glad to make a new friend here. Stay well!

~ Claudine 

At 3:57pm on June 18, 2013, Terry Crawford Palardy said…

Hello Leza,

I'm happy to respond to your friend invitation. I'm new at this site and don't really know my way around yet. I keep busy working on my new sequel to my memoir, and working on quilts. I'm a retired public school teacher ... thirty years in general and special education classrooms K-8, all grades, all subjects. I loved my job and did not want to retire, ever, but had to when multiple sclerosis ate away at my memory. Parents are not happy to have their children in a classroom where the teacher can't remember their names. I left sadly, two years before I would have had a full pension. I felt I'd failed in meeting my goal. That's why I wrote the memoir, Multiple Sclerosis, an Enigma. Working now on its sequel, Multiple Sclerosis, Melanoma, and More. I look forward to making acquaintance with other authors here. I do schedule local authors as speakers for our Friends of the Library Local Author Events once a month, and that is a nice social group. But I miss being a colleague of talented teachers. From the halls of Middle School to my quiet living room is quite a change. But I am enjoying the freedom of a retired lifestyle, and I am writing!  You can see my books at Amazon or Goodreads. I'll watch for yours :)

At 9:32am on March 23, 2013, Tania Pryputniewicz said…

Leza, mentioned your work in my  Trickster Angel Post on Collaborative Blogs and Synthesis Blogs. So love it that you combine poetry and yoga. To harmonious blends! Happy writing.

At 12:38pm on March 18, 2013, Meg Waite Clayton said…

Leza, Welcome to the novelist group. If you haven’t done so already, you might introduce yourself by telling us what you’re working on in the “Show Me Your Novel and I’ll Show You Mine” discussion.

We do a live chat at 1 EST on the first Wednesdays of each month, with instructions on how to participate in the "Our Water Cooler" box near the top of the group page. And we save the wall for discussion, but welcome links to helpful blog posts on the “Links to Helpful Blog Posts for Writers” discussion thread and to published books in the “Our Published Novels” one.

I hope you’ll enjoy the group.

Meg Waite Clayton
Novelist Group Moderator
Author of The Wednesday Sisters (a nationally bestselling writing group novel) and the forthcoming The Wednesday Daughters (Random House/Ballantine)



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