Marie Mutsuki Mockett
Marie Mutsuki Mockett was born to an American father and Japanese mother. Her memoir, “Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye,” examines grief against the backdrop of the 2011 Great East Earthquake in Japan and was a finalist for the 2016 PEN Open Book Award, Indies Choice Best Book for Nonfiction and the Northern California Book Award for Creative Nonfiction. Her new work, American Harvest: God, Country and Farming in the Heartland, from Graywolf, follows her journey through seven heartland states in the company of evangelical Christian harvesters, and examines role of GMOs, God, agriculture, and race in society. With exquisite lyricism and humanity, this astonishing book attempts to reconcile competing ideas about our national story so we can all find a way home. American Harvest was a finalist for the Lukas Prize, awarded by Columbia and Harvard University’s Schools of Journalism.