Hometown: Portland, OR
Latest Album: Waterbearer
Personal Nicknames: Mango, Mia, my Japanese nickname was Machan.
If you could safely have any animal in the world as a pet, which would you choose?
A polar bear (emphasis on “safely”).
Do your socks always match?
Surprisingly, they do.
If you could have a superpower, what would you choose?
Perfect empathy — to never be able to fully understand another human being is an eternal struggle.
What’s your go-to road food?
Who was the best teacher you ever had — and why?
Ms. Mora in middle school, who fed my voracious reading appetite and whose classroom was a haven for artists and writers.
What’s your favorite city?
Kyoto is one of them — the mountains, the shrines, the old, and the flashy new overlaid on top of each other, and a river that cuts through the center. All my favorite cities have rivers.
Boots or sneakers?
Which brothers do you prefer — Avett, Wood, Stanley, Comatose, or Louvin?
I’m going to have to go with Wood.
Canada or Mexico?
Both! I’ve barely scratched the surface of those two countries — I understand that I can’t base my opinion on Tijuana and Vancouver.