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May 16: Berkeley Poetry Festival  Berkeley City College 4 pm

June 8: Bay Area Book Festival
Writing the New Neighborhood: Narratives of the Shifting Cities
Lorna Dee Cervantes (Suena), Devorah Major (The Other Side of the Postcard), Karen Tei Yamashita (Anime Wong), moderated by Elmaz Abinader (This House, My Bones)
East Bay Media Alliance
4:00 PM - 4:50 PM

June 25: VONA/Voices Faculty Reading
Elmaz Abinader, Staceyann Chin,  Junot Diáz, Kim Euell,
Ruth Forman, Marjorie Liu, David Mura, 
at Books and Books, Miami  7pm

August 12: Well-Red Series 
Elmaz Abinader and Kelly Cressio-Moeller 
Works/San Jose, Art and Performance Center
365 South Market Street 
San Jose, CA  7pm


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This House My Bones

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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.




from Falling Into The Ocean

...In exile we write of lost cities, countries that formed the friction ridges on our fingerprints;
every story pushes harder  as if articulation is redemption          or at the very least allows us
to point to the place on the map where the house once stood. Maybe all of that:
houses and schools, roads and churches, even the neighbors are less the point
when the foundation gives way. Everything can be lost just that quick.