2008 What Do the Women Say?

Artist Bios:

Elmaz Abinader is an Arab-American writer from Oakland who has won the Goldies Award in Literature, the PEN Award for poetry and a Silicon Valley Arts Grant for Fiction. Her publications include In the Country of my Dreams…a collection of poetry and Children of the Roojme a memoir. Her performance plays have toured 11 countries and Country of Origin --a 3 act work, won 2 Drammies from the Oregon Drama Circle. Her band is directed by Tony Khalife. She is a co-founder of VONA, a foundation that holds summer writing workshops for writers of color. Her upcoming works include a new memoir, Country of Origin, a book of poems, The Torture Quartet and a novel, When Silence Gets Frightening.

Rosemary Frisino Toohey’s first play opened off-off-Broadway and her work has been produced in New York, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Memphis and several spots in between.  Her full-length drama, SCHOOL SHOOTER, has had a reading in London's West End and won the playwright an Artist grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.  IN THE TANK, her award-winning comedy about two philosophical lobsters,  has been produced many times, is published by DRAMATIC PUBLISHING, and is now included in the collections of a dozen university libraries.  A longtime radio news anchor, Frisino Toohey is heard on WTOP in Washington.  She also works frequently in film and on TV and plays opposite Marcia Gaye Harden in the upcoming film, HOME.  There's more at www.frisinotoohey.com   

Lana Nasser is a performing artist (dancer/poet) and ethnographer.  Her research includes the study of Dreams and Middle Eastern mythology. She holds a Master’s degree in Consciousness Studies from JFK University and a BA in Psychology/Fine Arts from George Washington University. She has performed, lectured and led workshops in the United States and Jordan. She most recently presented ‘The Dance of Isis’ at the De Young Museum, SF. www.ArabWomanTalking.com

Haleh Hatami lives in Oakland, CA. Her poems have appeared in ZZYZYVA, Phoebe, and Fourteen Hills. Upcoming work will appear in Indiana Review, Chain and International Poetry Review. Her translations will appear in 26 and are under consideration for the PEN Anthology of Contemporary Persian Literature. She is the recipient of the CPIC Life Poetry Award at San Francisco State University and of the Ann Fields Poetry Award.


Torange Yeghiazarian, Artistic Director
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