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Upcoming Events


Sept 29, 2016 12:30-2:00pm 
ODU Poetry Festival: Strange Bedfellow: Poetry and Literature
ODU Virginia Beach Lecture Hall 244




´┐╝October 25 6 pm, Koret Auditorium
A Palestinian Poetry & Music Event:
Arabic violin virtuoso Georges Lammam and poets Elmaz Abinader, Lorene Zarou-Zouzounis and
Tarik “Excentrik” Kazaleh.





Hedgebrook Master Class
How We Become Characters--Apply by October 5
Elmaz Abinader
Dates: Dec. 5-12, 2016



Join me for A Master Class at Hedgebrook:

How We Become Characters

Dates: Dec. 5-12, 2016



Article:  A Question of Faith  (Al Jazeera)


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.