October 1, 2022

Pankake Poetry Reading with David Mura – continuum

With moderator Ed Bok Lee

Join us April 7 at the Elmer L. Andersen Library for the 13th Annual Pankake Poetry Reading featuring David Mura and moderator Ed Bok Lee. Mura has written four poetry books, won numerous awards for her writing, and taught at several colleges and universities, including the University of Minnesota.

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Event details

What: Pankake Poetry with David Mura
When: Thursday, April 7, 4 p.m. Central Standard Time
Where: Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120
Cost: Free and open to the public

About David Mura

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David Mura has written four books of poetry, “The Last Incantations”, “Angels for the Burning”, “The Colors of Desire” (Carl Sandburg Award, Chicago Public Libraries) and “After We Lost Our Way” (National Poetry Contest winner ). He has received Loft-McKnight awards and grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board in poetry and he was featured in the Bill Moyers PBS documentary on poetry, “The Language of Life”. His writings on the art of poetry, “Song for Uncle Tom,” “Tonto & Mr. Moto: Poetry & Identity,” have been published in the University of Michigan’s Poets on Poetry series.

Mura is the author of two memoirs: “Turning Japanese: Memoirs of a Sansei” (a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and Oakland PEN Josephine Miles Book Award) and “Where the Body Meets Memory: An Odyssey of Race, Sexuality , and Identity. Her novel, “Famous Suicides of the Japanese Empire”, was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award, the John Gardner Fiction Prize, and the Virginia Commonwealth University Cabell First Novelist Award.

Mura’s latest book is “A Stranger’s Journey: Race, Identity & Narrative Craft in Writing”. His collection of essays on race, history, and narrative, “The Stories Whiteness Tells Itself: Racial Myths in Our American Narratives,” will be published by University of Minnesota Press in fall 2022. Along with Carolyn Holbrook, he is co-editor of the Minnesota writers’ anthology BIPOC, “We Are Meant To Rise: Voices for Justice from Minneapolis to the World.”

Mura has taught at the VONA Writers’ Conference, Stonecoast MFA Program, University of Oregon, University of Minnesota, St. Olaf College, Macalester College, and Hamline University. He worked as the training director for the Innocent Classroom, a program designed by writer and educator Alexs Pate to train K-12 teachers to improve their relationships with students of color.

In 2018, Mura received the Kay Sexton Award for contributions to the Minnesota literary community from the Friends of St. Paul’s Public Library and the MN Book Awards.

About Ed Bok Lee

Ed Bok Lee
Ed Bok Lee (Photo by Ted Hall)

Ed Bok Lee is the author of “Real Karaoke People”, “Whorled”, “Mitochondrial Night” and numerous essays, plays and stories. A recipient of the American Book Award, PEN/Open Book Award, Minnesota Book Award, and Asian American Literary Award (Members’ Choice), Lee teaches fine art at Metropolitan State University.

About Pankake Poetry Series

The Pankake Poetry Series was named for retired librarian Marcia Pankake, whose love of poetry was demonstrated in the countless poetry readings and events she hosted at college libraries.

About Friends Forum: A Series for Inquiring Minds

The Friends Forum – an exciting series of events to spark your curiosity and stimulate your thinking – is brought to you by Friends of the University of Minnesota Libraries.