| Genie Nakano was born in East Los Angeles. In addition to being a writer, she is a performer, yoga, and tanka instructor. After graduating from UCLA with a Masters in Dance, she performed in various dance companies, including Eartha Kitt's Kitt Dancers and Great Leap, and later formed her own dance company, Belady I.
Genie began writing poetry when she was eight years old. in 2005, she began her professional writing career as a journalist by writing "Genie's Lanp" for the Gardena Valley News. Currently, she writes a column for the Rafu Shimpo. Her work is regularly published in internationonal tanka and haiku journals, including Atlas Poetica, Ribbons, Gusts, and Tanka Journal.
Genie has written three tanka and haiku collections; Enter the Stream, Storyteller, and Colorful Lives: A Coloring Tanka Poetry Book. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two dogs, and a cat.