Elmaz Abinader reads from "This House, My Bones", her newly published book of poetry 7PM, fri. 10-3-14

Poetry Reading and discussion of the her new book This House, My Bones with poet Elmaz Abinader
"THIS HOUSE, MY BONES" is a gorgeously scripted chronicle that probes the collective heart and the countries we inhabit when we dare to speak outloud. There's an insistent rhythm in these stanzas, a lyricism of light and lineage stamped with the undeniable signature of a poet at the height of her craft. Savor these poems, and be lifted by their music. --Patricia Smith, Author of "Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah", winner of the 2013 Lenore Marshal Poetry Prize.

Elmaz Abinader reappears with the fluid truth, a straight line to the soul, the storm in your throat. Her new collection sings deep into the bone marrow of what we fear losing: our witness vein, the maps that help us recoup what we misplace in the forgetting, and the dead who carry our names. "THIS HOUSE, MY BONES" blesses us with a new language for the anatomy of our silences. --Willie Perdomo, author of "The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon".

The poet Elmaz Abinader
Elmaz Abinader is a poet, memoirist, playwright and novelist. Her first memoir, Children of the Roojme, a Family’s Journey from Lebanon, chronicles three generations of immigrants battling dislocation and tradition. Her new poetry collection, This House, My Bones releases October 1, 2014 from Willow Press/Aquarius press. Elmaz won the 2000 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Poetry award for the poetry collection, In the Country of My Dreams. She was also awarded a Goldies Award for Literature, as well as two Drammies (Oregon’s Drama award) for her three-act one-woman show, Country of Origin. Elmaz most recently performed Country of Origin at the Kennedy Center and has toured several countries with this play and two others: Ramadan Moon and 32 Mohammeds. Elmaz’s work has been widely anthologized, most recently in The New Anthology of American Poetry, Vol. 3 and The Colors of Nature. Elmaz has been a Fulbright Senior Fellow to Egypt, taught for the Palestine Writing Workshop and a resident at the El Gouna Writing Residency on the Red Sea, Cansarrat, Montalvo and MacDowell Colony. Elmaz is one of the founders of the Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation, (VONA/Voices), now in its 15th year providing workshops for writers of color. She is also a creative writing professor at Mills College and a fitness instructor at the Oakland Y.