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David Mura

Minneapolis, MN
David Mura is a poet, memoirist, fiction writer, critic, playwright and performance artist.  A Sansei or third generation Japanese American, Mura has written two memoirs: Turning Japanese: Memoirs of a Sansei, which won a 1991 Josephine Miles Book Award from the Oakland PEN and was a New York Times Notable Book of Year, and Where the Body Meets Memory: An Odyssey of Race, Sexuality and Identity. His novel Famous Suicides of the Japanese Empire was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award, the John Gardner Fiction Prize and Virginia Commonwealth University Cabell First Novelist Award. 

Mura’s most recent book of poetry is The Last Incantations, published by Northwestern University Press. His other poetry books: Angels for the Burning; The Colors of Desire which won the Carl Sandburg Literary Award from the Friends of the Chicago Public Library; and After We Lost Our Way, a 1989 National Poetry Series Contest winner. His critical essays, Song for Uncle Tom, Tonto & Mr. Moto: Poetry & Identity, were published in the U. of Michigan Press Poets on Poetry series (2002). His next book will be on creative writing, A Stranger’s Journey: Race, Identity & Narrative Craft in Writing. 

Mura currently teaches in the Stonecoast MFA program and the VONA Writers’ Conference. He is Director of Training for the Innocent Classroom, a program designed to address the racial achievement gap by training teachers to improve their relationships with students of color.