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.