College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Kyoko Mori

Kyoko Mori

Kyoko Mori


Creative Writing: non-fiction and fiction

Kyoko Mori is the author of three nonfiction books (Yarn; Polite Lies; The Dream of Water).  The title essay from her book, “Yarn,” was selected for The Best American Essays 2004, and Polite Lies was short-listed for PEN’s Martha Albrand Nonfiction Award.  She has also published novels (Barn Cat; Stone Field, True Arrow; One Bird; Shizuko’s Daughter).  Her essays have appeared in journals such as Ploughshares, the American Scholar, the Missouri Review, and Harvard Review.  Prior to joining the faculty at Mason, Mori taught nonfiction writing at Harvard as a Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Creative Writing.

Selected Publications


Yarn: Remembering the Way Home.  Gemmamedia Book (2010)

Polite Lies: on Being a Woman Caught between Cultures.  Henry Holt (1998); Fawcett (1999)

The Dream of Water.  Henry Holt (1994); Fawcett (1995)



Barn Cat.  Gemmamedia Books (2013)

Stone Field, True Arrow.  Metropolitan (2000); Picador USA (2001)

One Bird. Henry Holt (1995); Fawcett (1996)

Shizuko’s Daughter.  Henry Holt (1993); Fawcett (1994)



“Pet Grief,” “Yarn,” Harvard Review

“Cat and Bird,” “Between the Forest and the Well,” Conjunctions

“Alone in the Garden,” Washingtonian

“The Pleasure of Letting Go,” Ploughshares

“Pullovers,” the American Scholar

“Shawls,” the Missouri Review