The ocean was just a sliver in the distance, too far away to be seen from the ground. When the war is over, she thought, I’m going to go to the ocean, and I’ll swim and swim and swim, and I’m never going to stop.
Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Emily Tom is currently studying English and Literary Arts at Brown University. She has received recognition in the Scholastic Writing Awards and the Canvas Literary Journal. "August 6" won a Certificate of Superior Writing from the 2020 National Council of Teachers of English. She spends her free time making extremely specific Spotify playlists and complaining about the weather.