Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing

David Mura

Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry, Writing for Social Change
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Office Location

Stonecoast MFA Office: 98 Bedford Street, Portland, ME 04103


Stonecoast MFA Office: 207-780-4423


David Mura (Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry, Writing for Social Change) is a creative nonfiction writer, poet, fiction writer, critic, playwright and performance artist.  Mura has written two memoirs: Turning Japanese: Memoirs of a Sansei (Grove-Atlantic), which won a 1991 Josephine Miles Book Award from the Oakland PEN and was listed in the New York Times Notable Books of Year, and Where the Body Meets Memory: An Odyssey of Race, Sexuality and Identity (Anchor).   His three books of poetry are Angels for the Burning (Boa), The Colors of Desire(Anchor, Carl Sandburg Literary Award), and, After We Lost Our Way (Carnegie Mellon), which won the 1989 National Poetry Series Contest.  His book of critical essays is Song for Uncle Tom, Tonto & Mr. Moto: Poetry & Identity (U. of Michigan Press).  His novel, Famous Suicides of the Japanese Empire, a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award, the John Gardner Fiction Prize and Virginia Commonwealth University Cabell First Novelist Award, was published in Sept. 2008 from Coffee House Press.  Mura's essays on race and multiculturalism have appeared in Mother Jones and The New York Times.  His plays include Secret Colors(with novelist Alexs Pate), The Winged Seed, adapted from Li-Young Lee's memoir, and After Hours (with actor Kelvin Han Yee and pianist Jon Jang).

Recent Publications

Selected Publications:


Famous Suicides of the Japanese Empire (Coffee House)


Turning Japanese: Memories of a Sensei (Atlantic Press) 

Where the Body Meets Memory: An Odyssey of Race, Sexually, & Identity (Random)


After We Lost Our Way (E. P. Dutton) 

The Colors of Desire (Anchor/Doubleday)


Song for Uncle Tom, Tonto & Mr. Moto: Poetry & Identity (University of Michigan Press)