R296. Concentration Camps, USA: A Critical and Artistic Retrospective of Literatures of World War II Internment and Detention

Room 515 B, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 31, 2016
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


In this tribute to WWII internment literatures, authors of works exploring internment camps and detention centers discuss, contextualize, and celebrate the historical, political, cultural, and creative influences shaping the literature that emerged from, and continues to emerge from, the WWII internment/detention experiences of persons of Japanese, Italian, and German ancestry.


David Mura is the author of the memoirs Turning Japanese and Where the Body Meets Memory, four poetry collections including The Last Incantations, and the novel Famous Suicides of the Japanese Empire. He teaches at Stonecoast MFA and VONA Writers’ Conference. His blog is Secret Colors: blog.davidmura.com.

Garrett Hongo grew up on the North Shore of O`ahu and in Los Angeles. He was educated at Pomona College, the University of Michigan, and University of California, Irvine, where he received an MFA. His latest book of poetry is Coral Road. He teaches at the University of Oregon.

Tony Ardizzone is the author of eight books of fiction, including the novels The Whale Chaser and By the Fountain of the Four Rivers. His work has received the Flannery O'Connor Award, the Milkweed National Fiction Prize, the Pushcart Prize, and two NEAs.

Mariko Nagai studied English Literature and poetry at New York University. She has received the Pushcart Prize in both poetry and fiction and has received fellowships from art foundations around the world.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center