April 4, 2023
David Mura (AAP archive photo by Emmett Timmons)
David Mura (AAP archive photo by Emmett Timmons)

MINNEAPOLIS (July 13, 2016) — A celebrated local author has designed a course for Asian American writers who are interested in writing about political and social issues involving the Asian American community.

The class, made possible through a grant from the Building More Philanthropy with Purpose Giving Circle, will be taught by David Mura, a writer, memoirist, poet, performance artist and teacher based in the Twin Cities, will be held from late July through September 2016.  The specific dates and place for the class will be determined after the class list has been gathered.

Over a period of five classes, participants will explore ways of generating writing on social and political issues and bringing that writing to a publishable form. Participants will also study the ways others have written on these issues, particularly in terms of race and Asian American identity, culture and history. Mura will also cover some ways to publish or disseminate writing on these issues.

People who are interested in this class or have further questions should send an e-mail to David Mura at [email protected]  If you have a representative sample of your writing, also please include it with the email.

David Mura is the author of the memoirs Turning Japanese (NY Times Notable Book) and Where the Body Meets Memory.  He has written four books of poetry, the novel Famous Suicides of the Japanese Empire, and a book of literary criticism, Song for Uncle Tom, Tonto and Mr Moto: Poetry & Identity.  His blog, Secret Colors, is on his website: www.davidmura.com

The deadline to register is BEFORE Aug. 1, 2016. The course is expected to fill up fast. Please email David ASAP if you are interested.

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