Hibakusha Stories Fellows

Clifton Truman Daniel

Clifton DanielClifton Truman Daniel is the oldest grandson of 33rd US President Harry S. Truman and his wife, Bess. He is the son of the late author, Margaret Truman, and her husband, formerNew York Times Managing Editor E. Clifton Daniel Jr. Mr. Daniel is a former journalist and public relations executive and honorary chairman of the board of the Truman Library Institute, the nonprofit partner of the Truman Presidential Library and Museum in Independence, MO. He is the author of Growing Up With Grandpa: Memories of Harry S. Truman(1995, Birch Lane Press) and Dear Harry, Love Bess: Bess Truman’s Letters to Harry Truman, 1919-1943(2011, Truman State University Press). He is currently at work on a book on the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Kristen Iversen

Kristen IversenKristen Iversen grew up in Arvada, Colorado and is the author of Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats, winner of the 2013 Colorado Book Award and the Reading the West Book Award in Nonfiction.  Full Body Burden was chosen one of the Best Books of 2012 by Kirkus Review and the American Library Association and Best Book about Justice by The Atlantic, and was a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence. An excerpt from her book Full Body Burden can be found in The Nation Magazine, June 11, 2012. She is also the author of Molly Brown: Unraveling the Myth, winner of the Colorado Book Award and the Barbara Sudler Award for Nonfiction, and a textbook, Shadow Boxing: Art and Craft in Creative Nonfiction.  Iversen’s work has been published in The New York Times, The Nation, Reader’s Digest, and many other journals and publications, and she has appeared on C-Span, NPR’s Fresh Air, Coast to Coast, BBC World Outlook, and other radio and TV programs.  She holds a PhD from the University of Denver and has taught at several universities.  Currently Kristen teaches as the University of Memphis, where she directs the MFA program in creative writing.

Dr. Cynthia Miller

Cynthia MillerDr. Cynthia Miller has become Hibakusha Stories first American-born Fellow.  She is an artist, photographer and survivor of radiation and plutonium poisoning whose vision is to advance planetary peace. Her father worked as an engineer alongside Dr. Robert Oppenheimer on the Manhattan Project (the project that envisioned and created the atom bomb) and he was eyewitness to the explosions of 131 atomic and hydrogen bombs. Reconciling bombs, atomic radiation, nuclear fallout, and war has been Dr. Miller’s life-long focus.  Dr. Miller’s story is about the effects of radioactive isotopes at all levels of production and deployment.  Please visit Radiance Project website to learn more about her and her work.

Mitchie Takeuchi

TAKEUCHI-150-150pxMitchie Takeuchi, Hibakusha Stories Fellow, grew up in Hiroshima and has made New York City as her home for over 25 years as a media consultant. Her grandfather, Dr. Ken Takeuchi, a military surgeon, was the founding president of Hiroshima’s Red Cross Hospital from 1937 to 1947. Both he and his daughter, Takako Takeuchi, Mitchie’s mother, survived the dropping of the A-bomb in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. As a teenager in Hiroshima, Mitchie volunteered to assist Leona Row, the American resident director at the World Friendship Center, a peace community center founded by Barbara Reynolds, the renowned Quaker peace activist. During that time, Mitchie was instrumental in aiding Leona translate and publish Unforgettable Fire: Drawings by Atomic Bomb Survivors, published in 1977 by NHK, which is considered a classic in the anti-nuclear movement. As a next generation Hibakusha, she tells the story of her grandfather, who struggled to manage operations at the Red Cross Hospital under catastrophic conditions to help A-bomb victims despite his own serious injuries. Today, the ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross) has concluded that there is no effective means of assisting a population of devastated by nuclear detonation.