Participant Info

First Name
Last Name
Freelance Scholar
Website URL
japan, military history, tohoku, tohoku region, sendai, bakumatsu, american civil war, boshin war, yokai, shinto
Additional Contact Information
Follow me on Twitter at @riversidewings -- I'm most active there.

Personal Info

About Me

Dr. Nyri A. Bakkalian is an Armenian-American queer woman by birth and a military historian by training. She is a staff writer for Unseen Japan, and the author of Grey Dawn: A Tale of Abolition and Union, which received the 2021 NYC Big Book Award Distinguished Favorite award. She hosts the podcast Friday Night History and co-hosts Cleyera: Conversations on Shinto.

She is proud to have called the American and Japanese northeasts her home. She has produced nonfiction, fiction, and photography content for more than a dozen publications, including two newspapers and five anthologies, as well as for Eisner Award-nominated author Magdalene Visaggio’s Kim & Kim. What’s her secret, you ask? Garlic and Turkish coffee (but really mostly Turkish coffee). Come say hi to her on Twitter, Twitch Patreon, and Facebook, at riversidewings

Recent Publications


  • Grey Dawn (Balance of Seven Press, 2020)
  • Confluence (Balance of Seven Press, 2022)


Podcast Appearances

Public Lectures and Stage Shows

  • “The Armenians of Pittsburgh” (WordPlay, 2017)
  • “Get Your History the Anime Way” (Tekko 2018)
  • “Animal-Person Caricatures” (Anthrocon 2019)
  • “Grey Dawn” (WPAFW 2020)
  • “Shunga” (WPAFW 2021)
  • “Tohoku Krampus: Get to Know the Namahage of Northern Japan” (Anthrocon 2022)
Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Japan, United States
Expertise by Chronology
3, 4, 5, 6
Expertise by Topic
American Civil War, Gender, Government, Military, Politics, Religion, Women