WILLOW BOOKS OPEN READING PERIOD SELECTION:
This House, My Bones by Elmaz Abinader
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. The poetry collection, In the Country of My Dreams… won the 2000 PEN Oakland Josephine ...Miles Poetry award. 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.
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. Her book, This House, My Bones, will be published by Willow Books in Fall 2014.
About the Open Reading Period
Willow Books, the literary division of Aquarius Press, reads unsolicited manuscripts from April 1 through September 1 of each year. This reading period is only for writers who have not previously been published by Aquarius Press/Willow Books. Our mission is to develop, publish and promote writers typically underrepresented in the market, and the reading period is open to all writers from diverse cultural backgrounds. This reading period is neither a contest nor is it exclusively for first books. Rather, it is a time for us to review manuscripts by writers who have not previously been published by our press. Selections made are eligible for publication through the Editor’s Choice Series and our new digital journal, Odyssey.