Discipline: Literature – fiction

Elmaz Abinader

Discipline: Literature – fiction
Region: Oakland, CA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2006

Elmaz Abinader is an author and a performer. Her most recent poetry collection, This House, My Bones, was The Editor’s Selection for 2014 from Willow Books/Aquarius.

Her books include a memoir: Children of the Roojme, A Family’s Journey from Lebanon, a book of poetry, In the Country of My Dreams… which won the Oakland PEN, Josephine Miles Award. Her plays include Ramadan Moon, 32 Mohameds, and Country of Origin and have been performed worldwide.

A recent finalist in the Rita Dove Poetry Contest, She has been anthologized widely. Most recently her fiction has appeared in Fifth Wednesday and Nimrod.

She is currently completing a novel called Almost a Life, about a woman leaving Lebanon in the middle of the Civil War and emigrating the US. Elmaz is one of the co-founders of The Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation (VONA/Voices). She teaches at Mills College, and is an instructor at the Oakland Y.



Elmaz Abinader worked in the Schelling studio.

Marian MacDowell funded construction of this studio the year that the organization was established and the first artists arrived for residency. It was called Bark Studio until 1933, when it was renamed in honor of Ernest Schelling, a composer, pianist, and orchestral leader who served as president of what was then called the Edward MacDowell…

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