Lannan Resident Elmaz Abinader on Writing the Personal into the Political, and Growing Up Arab American


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On this episode, Sally Beauvais speaks with writer Elmaz Abinader about her family's dislocation from Lebanon to the United States, and how that has informed her work. Abinader is an award-winning author of two volumes of poetry, This House, My Bones and In the Country of My Dreams, and a memoir, The Children of the Roojme: A Family’s Journey from Lebanon. She's also written plays that uncover personal narratives of Arabs living through political trauma. She teaches at Mills College in Oakland, CA and is co-founder of the Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation, which holds annual workshops for writers of color. Abinader will read at the Crowley Theater on Sunday, May 27 at 6 pm. ... Hosted by Sally Beauvais for KRTS

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