Poetry. Middle Eastern Studies. The conversation with history is witnessed by the earth and etches the collisions on its body—every rock and road, riverbed and meadow hold the marks of migrations, escapes, exiles, alienations, aging and evolutions. In THIS HOUSE, MY BONES, the body and the earth exchange their positions and perspectives. The memories of war are on the skin as well as on the mesa, the exile is written in dust and cells. Through mining experience of occupation, dislocation, and aging, Elmaz Abinader created poems where the body and the earth examine their bruises.
Elmaz Abinader is author of a memoir, The Children of the Roojme: A Family's Journey from Lebanon, a poetry collection, In the Country of My Dreams. She has written and performed several one-women plays: Country of Origin, Ramadan Moon, 32 Mohammeds, Voices from the Siege and The Torture Quartet. Winner of a Goldies in Literature, a PEN/Josephine Miles Award, Elmaz has been a Fulbright Scholar and the winner of the Oregon Drammies for Country of Origin. She teaches at Mills College in Oakland, and is co- founder of VONA/Voices. Author City: OAKLAND, CA USA