Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing

David Anthony Durham

Fiction, Popular Fiction
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Office Location

Stonecoast MFA Office - 98 Bedford Street, Portland, ME 04102


Stonecoast Office: 207-780-4423

Academic Degrees

  • MFA in Creative Writing, University of Maryland
  • BA in English, University of Maryland


David Anthony Durham was born in New York City to parents of Caribbean descent. He grew up mostly in Maryland, but has spent the last fifteen years on the move, jumping from East to West Coast to the Rocky Mountains, and back and forth to Scotland and France several times. He's back in New England at the moment. He is the author of a trilogy of fantasy novels set in Acacia: The Sacred Band, The Other Lands, and The War With The Mein, as well as the historical novels The Risen, Pride of Carthage, Walk Through Darkness, and Gabriel’s Story. He’s won the John W Campbell Award for Best New Writer, a Legacy Award, was a Finalist for the Prix Imaginales and has twice had his books named New York Times Notable Book of the year. His novels have been published in the UK and in French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish and Swedish. Three of his novels have been optioned for development as feature films. David received an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Maryland. He has taught at the University of Maryland, the University of Massachusetts, The Colorado College, for the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation, Cal State University, and at Hampshire College. He reviews for The Washington Post and The Raleigh News & Observer, and has served as a judge for the Pen/Faulkner Awards. He also writes in George RR Martin's weird and wonderful Wild Cards universe. His stories appear in Fort Freak, Lowball, High Stakes and the forthcoming Texas Hold 'Em.

Areas of Scholarship

Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction and Fantasy, African-American fiction

Recent Publications

The Risen: a Novel of Spartacus (2016)

The Other Lands ( 2009)

Acacia: The War With The Mein (2007)

Pride of Carthage : A Novel of Hannibal (2005)

Walk Through Darkness (2002)

Gabriel's Story: A Novel (2001)


Growing Diversity in Speculative Fiction

David Anthony Durham

The so-called “Golden Age” of science fiction in the mid-20th century was remarkably white, male and heterosexual, and so it remained for quite awhile. Not so any more. Trailblazers like Samuel R Delany and Octavia Butler made remarkable use of the genre's potential to explore issues of race, diversity, and sexual orientation. Nalo Hopkinson and Ted Chiang built on this, and newer writers like Saladin Ahmed, Aliette deBodard, N. K. Jemisin, and Ken Liu - just to name a few - are bringing diverse characters, themes and settings to imagined worlds. What are these authors bringing to the speculative discourse? What has their journey been like so far, and what might the future hold going forward? What more needs to be done - both as writers and as readers - to make the genre representative of all humanity?

Required Reading:

Saladin Ahmed, “Hooves and the Hovel of Abdel Jameela”

 Aliette de Bodard, “The Jaguar House, In Shadow”:

 N. K. Jemisin, “Non-Zero Probabilities”:

Awards and Recognition

Winner of the 2009 John W Campbell Award for Best New Writer of Science Fiction

Walk Through Darkness was a New York Times Notable Book and a best of 2002 selection from The San Francisco Chronicle, Black Issues Book Review, and The Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Professional Activity

Carl Brandon Society, 2007 to Present.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, 2007 to Present

Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation Member, 2007 to Present

PEN America Center, 2006 to present.