Elmaz Abinader

United States
Photo Credit Nancy Rothstein




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.




This House My Bones, Willow Press, forthcoming, October 2014

In the Country of My Dreams... Sufi Warrior Publishing 1999  (Winner, PEN Oakland Award, 2000)

The Children of the Roojme, a Family’s Journey from Lebanon, Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 1997            

The Children of the Roojme, a Family's Journey, New York: WW Norton & Co., 1991.


Anthologies  (selected)

Mothers and Daughters, Preparing for Occupation  and Flying to Arabia, Talking Through the Door, An Anthology of Contemporary Middle Easter American Writing,  ed. Susan Atefat-Peckham, Syracure University Press, 2014

Ling of Demarcation," "Heartwood," "Ash Wednesday," and In The Throat I., {Ex}tinguished & {Ex}tinct:  An Anthology of Things That No Longer {Ex}ist, ed., John McCarthy, Twelve Winters Press 2014

The Proper Purgation, Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here, ed. Beau Beausoleil and Deema Shehabi, PM Press, 2012

Profiles of an Arab Daughter, Majlis of Others: A Reader for Writers in the Gulf, ed. Anne Shine, Pearson Publications Ltd, 2011

In the Country of My Dreams, The New Anthology of American Poetry, Volume 3. ed. Steven Gould Axelrod, Camille Roman, and Thomas Travisano Rutgers University Press, 2011

The Art Gallery, The Colors of Nature, ed. Lauret Savoy and Allison Deming, Milkweed Editions, 2011

Poetry Everyday, Yemen 1993, Weber: The Contemporary West, 2009

Living with Opposition, What we Leave Behind, This House, My Bones, The Birds, Inclined to Speak: An Anthology of Contemporary Arab American Poetry, ed. Hayan Charara, The University of Arkansas Press, 2008

This House, My Bones, Language for a New Century, ed. Nathalie Handal, WW Norton & Co, 2008

Shouldering the Sky, Where the Body Rests, We Begin Here: Poems for Palestine and Lebanon, ed. Kathy Engel and Sharif Elmusa, Interlink Publishing, 2007

The Silence, New Letters Anthology, ed. Robert Stewart, 2005


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