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Distinguished Writers Series - Marie Mutsuki Mockett
Marie Mutsuki Mockett's latest book, American Harvest, is set in seven agricultural and heartland states. It was published by Graywolf Press in 2020 and was a finalist for the Lukas Prize for Nonfiction under the former title A Kernel in God's Eye.
Her memoir, Where the Dead Pause and the Japanese Say Goodbye, explores how the Japanese cope with grief and tragedy, set against the backdrop of the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in Tohoku, Japan, and her family's 350 year old Buddhist temple. The memoir was a New York Times Editors' Choice, a Barnes and Noble Discover Pick, a Finalist for the 2016 PEN Open Book Award, a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2015 and a Finalist for the Indies Choice Best Book for Adult Nonfiction for 2016.
Marie received her MFA from the Bennington Writers Seminars and teaches fiction and nonfiction at the Rainier Writing Workshop, in Tacoma, Washington. For the 2019-2020 academic year, she was a Visiting Writer in the MFA program at Saint Mary's College in Moraga, California. She lives in San Francisco.
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