James Masao Mitsui

b. September 11, 1940 Skykomish, Washington

father Minoru, a railroad worker

mother Shime Nakayama, a homemaker

married Lilly Kramer, a director of corporate marketing, August 7, 1986

children Britt, Karen, Candace, Becky, Jacqui, Tad

Eastern Washington University, B.A., education 1963

University of Washington, B.A., English 1973

University of Washington, M.A., English 1975

taught English in Renton high school 1966-1999 currently living 229 Sandy Drive, Cocolalla, Idaho 83813


James Masao Mitsui - From a Three-Cornered World

James Masao Mitsui - From a Three-Cornered World - alternative site

James Masao Mitsui is a native of the Pacific Northwest. The son of Japanese immigrants, Mitsui was born in 1940 in Skykomish, WA. A year later his family was forced to relocate to the Tule Lake Relocation Camp in California. The family was held there for a year and a half before they were allowed to move to Lamona, Washington, where his father found a job working for the Great Northern Railroad. This profound experience made a lasting impression on Mitsui and has continued to influence his work by combining his personal experience with the realm of the political. His first book, "Journal of the Sun" received the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award in 1974. His other books include "Crossing the Phantom River", "After the Long Train" and "From A Three-Cornered World". [from Poets Anonymous page, currently not responding 3/27/02]

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