Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing

David Anthony Durham

Fiction, Popular Fiction, Scriptwriting

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 twenty 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 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. His middle-grade solarpunk fantasy novel, The Shadow Prince, is the first in a series from Tu Books, to be followed by a sequel: The Longest Night in Egypt. His novels have been published in the UK and in French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish.

His stories have appeared in four of George RR Martin’s Wild Cards novels: Fort Freak, Lowball, High Stakes, Texas Hold ‘Em, and another is forthcoming in Pairing Up. Other short fiction has been anthologized in Unbound, Unfettered, Unfettered II, It’s All Love, and Gumbo: An Anthology of African-American Writing.

Four of his novels have been optioned for development as feature films, and he has been a writer/consultant on several TV shows.

David 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’s reviewed for The Washington Post and The Raleigh News & Observer and has served as a judge for the World Fantasy and Pen/Faulkner Awards. He also teaches in the MFA program of the University of Nevada, Reno.

Areas of Scholarship

Science Fiction and Fantasy, Historical Fiction, African-American fiction, Literary Fiction, Screenwriting for Television and Film

Recent Publications

The Shadow Prince (2021)

The Risen: a Novel of Spartacus (2016)

The Sacred Band (2011)

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)

Awards and Recognition

Winner of the 2018 Sierra Arts Foundation Grants to Artists Literary Arts Award.

Winner of the 2009 Astounding Award for Best New Writer of Science Fiction (formerly called the John W Campbell Award).

Acacia: the War with the Main was a Finalist for the 2009 Prix Imaginales (France).

Pride of Carthage was a Finalist for the 2006 Legacy Award for Fiction from the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation.

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.

Gabriel’s Story received the 2002 Legacy Award for Debut Fiction from the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation, the 2002 Alex Award from the American Library Association, the 2001 First Novel Award from the Black Caucus of the ALA, and was a New York Times Notable Book.