KIMBERLY KOMATSU (co-author of picture book In America's Shadow) was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where she spent many hours of her childhood writing stories on her great uncle Harry’s old, yet treasured, 1948 Royal typewriter.  She attended the University of Southern California where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, was named an Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Fellow, and graduated magna cum laude.

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