Fresno Reading: April 20, 2006

If you're in the central valley, I'll be reading along with the incredible Elmaz Abinader and Tony Khalife at a National Poetry Month event in Fresno, California.

Here's the information below:

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Ululate Productions Presents:

The Poetry & Music of Arab-American Artists

In celebration of National Poetry Month

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Featuring world-renowned artists:

Elmaz Abi-Nader

Elmaz Abinader is an Arab American author, playwright and poet and the winner of the 2002 Goldies Award for Literature. Her poetry collection In the Country of My Dreams... won the 2000 Josephine Miles/ Pen Oakland Award. Her major work, a memoir Children of the Roojme, chronicles the lives of 3 generations of Lebanese immigrants. Her works are included in The Poetry of Arab Women; Grape Leaves, New Letters, ZYZZVA and other collections. Touring with the Country of Origin Band, Elmaz has presented her plays to audiences throughout the Middle East, Central America, Europe and the United States. The play, Country of Origin won two Drammies, (Oregon Drama Critics Awards).She is a co-founder and faculty member of the Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation (VONA) which holds summer writing workshops for writers-of-color. She is chair of the English Department at Mills College.

Dima Hilal

Dima Hilal is a poet and writer, born in Beirut and raised in California, where she studied at the University of California at Berkeley. Her work has appeared in various publications, including the San Francisco Chronicle, Mizna and Orion Magazine. Her writing has been anthologized in The Poetry of Arab Women: A Contemporary Anthology (Interlink Books, 2001) and Scheherezade's Legacy: Arab and Arab American Women on Writing (Praeger, 2004), among others. Her numerous readings include radio appearances on KPFA, KXLU and KPFK. She has been featured at the Beyond Baroque Cultural Center, World Stage, Levantine Cultural Center, Autry Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and at the first International Reading Series held at the Alexandria Library in Egypt. Her libretto was a finalist in the Words and Music Project, commissioned by the Oakland East Bay Symphony. She has taught poetry workshops and given lectures on issues of identity, culture and community in contemporary Arab poetry.

Tony Khalife

Tony Khalife is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and tabla player who captivates his audience with a brilliant interweaving of Indian, Middle-Eastern, Flamenco and Rock 'n Roll styles. His original blend of world music inspires a vision of global unity and peace.

Samba Brazilian Steakhouse -The Amazon Lounge
6737 N. Palm, Fresno, CA 93704

Thursday, April 20, 2006. 7:00 pm Cover $10,
$7 w/ student ID

For tickets and more information please visit
www.ululateproductions.org or email maysoon@ululateproductions.org.