Marie Mockett

New York, United States

Member Since: 09/01/2010

Marie Mutsuki Mockett is half Japanese and half American. Her memoir, Where the Dead Pause: A Journey with Japanese Spirits examines grief against the backdrop of the 2011 Great East Earthquake, and Mockett’s family temple located 25 miles from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power reactor. A 2011 Op Ed in The New York Times about 3.11, led to featured participation in the internationally televised NHK Documentary, Venerating the Dead. Mockett’s awards include a Fellowship from the US/Japan Creative Artist Fellowship, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. Her novel, Picking Bones from Ash  was short listed for the Saroyan Prize for International Writing, and a Finalist for the Paterson Prize. Mockett has been a Scholar the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. Fiction and essays have been published in The New York Times, New Yorker online, National Geographic, Glamour, Agni and other publications.


Twitter Username: @mariemockett


  • Picking Bones from Ash , Graywolf (October 2009)
  • Where the Dead Pause and the Japanese Say Goodbye: A Journey , Norton (March )


  • Short Listed Saroyan International Prize for Writing(2010)
  • Finalist for Paterson Prize(2010)
  • Long Listed Asian American Literary Awards(2010)
  • Fellow: Japan US Friendship Commission/NEA(2013)
  • Scholar: Bread Loaf Writers Conference(2009)


  • Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Columbia University

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Poetry