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May 22, Oakland Book Festival

East Bay Poetics, Love and Duty

4:00-6:00 Hearing Room 4


Saturday June 4, 2016

Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape

Bay Area Book Festival

Lauret Savoy, Elmaz Abinader, and Faith Adiele

1:30 PM-2:45 PM

Brower-Goldman Theater


Thursday, June 23, 2017

VONA/Voices Faculty Reading

Books and Books, Miami

7:00 pm


Stay tuned for ODU Literary Festival 

for information about Elmaz's availability email Elmazwrites@gmail.com or call 510 418 7535

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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

now available

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.