Asako Serizawa was born in Japan and spent her pre-college life in Singapore, Jakarta, and Tokyo. She completed her BA in English and French at Tufts University, her MA in English and American literature at Brown University, and her MFA in creative writing at Emerson College.

Her stories have appeared in The Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, The Antioch Review, The Hudson Review, and Witness. In addition to support from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Troedsson Villa Residency in Nikko, Japan, her work has received a Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award, a Pushcart Prize, and two O. Henry Prizes.

A recent Fiction Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and a recipient of a 2016 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award, she is currently finishing a collection of interconnected stories revolving around the legacies of the Second World War. The published pieces from the collection can be found via the Publications page. More about the project can be found here and also, in bits and pieces, here and here.

She lives with the writer Matthew Modica.