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November 21: Miami Book Fair International 

Cultivating the New American Canon


Join VONA faculty Chantel Acevedo, Tananarieve Due, M. Evelina Galang, Ana Menendez, and VONA’s co-founder and Program Director Elmaz Abinader, as they read from their work and discuss VONA’s contribution to the development of the new American voice.

November 21 @ 10:30 am  - 11:30 am
Room 7106 (Building 7, 1st Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States
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Latest Blog: The News and the Body 

Writer's Statement

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, I created poems where the body and the earth examine their bruises.


This House My Bones

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From Falling Into The Ocean...

It’s just that easy to let go, you wonder, of home or homeland, of tribe or country

drift on the water between there and here and not look        empty the sand that once

ran through your fingers, gripped and released.

You’re not sure half the time where you are--

home is different from homeland. One you hold and one slips away or burns in the atmospheres, abandoned. Pieces fall in unknown territories and are absorbed into the land.