Elmaz's books, Children of the Roojme, a Family's Journey from Lebanon and In The Country of My Dreams... , as well as her play, Country of Origin, illustrate personal lives of Arabs and Arab Americans negotiating hostile terrain, cultural polarities, and geographic and social displacement. Her other works, 32 Mohammed, Ramadan Moon, The Torture Quartet and Messages from the Siege provide an articulation of the effect of political ctions on personal lives both here and in the Middle East. The Oregon Drama Critics cited Country of Origin for its excellence by awarding two Drammies to the play and to the composer of the music, Tony Khalife. Other awards include a PEN Award for In the Country of My Dreams... and a Goldies Award for Literature.
Toni Morrison, Isabel Allende, Hanan Al Sheikh, Quincy Troupe, Mahmoud Darwish; my students
Anthologized in: Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here, ed. Beau Beausoleil and Deema Shehabi 2012, Anthology in Praise of Trees and Forests, ed. Claudia Mauro 2012, Majlis of Others: A Reader for Writers in the Gulf, ed. Anne Shine 2011, The New Anthology of American Poetry, Volume 3. ed. Steven Gould Axelrod, Camille Roman, and Thomas Travisano 2011, The Colors of Nature, ed. Lauret Savoy and Allison Deming 2011, Banipal 38, 2010, USA Today: The Middle Eastern American Experience, ed. Sandy Donovan 2010, Blessings 2009, Weber: The Contemporary West 2009, Inclined to Speak: An Anthology of Contemporary Arab American Poetry, ed. Hayan Charara 2008, Language for a New Century, ed. Nathalie Handal 2008, Come Together Imagine Peace, ed. Ann Smith, Larry Smith & Philip Metres 2008, We Begin Here: Poems for Palestine and Lebanon, ed. Kathy Engel and Sharif Elmusa 2007,
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