David Mura

David Mura

Writer-in-residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House in May 2023

David Mura is an Asian American poet, novelist, playwright, critic, and performance artist whose writings explore the themes of race, identity, and history.

In 2018, Mura published a book on creative writing, A Stranger’s Journey: Race, Identity and Narrative Craft in Writing, in which he argues for a more inclusive and expansive definition of craft. Mura has published two memoirs, Turning Japanese: Memoirs of a Sansei, which won the Josephine Miles Book Award from the Oakland PEN and was listed in the New York Times Notable Books of the Year, and Where the Body Meets Memory: An Odyssey of Race, Sexuality, and Identity (1995).

His most recent book of poetry is The Last Incantation (2014); his other poetry books include After We Lost Our Way, which won the National Poetry Contest, The Colors of Desire (winner of the Carl Sandburg Literary Award), and Angels for the Burning. His novel is Famous Suicides of the Japanese Empire.

This residency is supported by the Province of British Columbia. Presented in partnership with Asian Canadian Writers Workshop with funding from BC Arts Council Literary Programs.


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