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Anthologies  |  Poems  |  Essays  |  Fiction


ANTHOLOGIES

Borderlines

My poem, "My Father Eats Figs," appears in Border Lines: Poems of Migration, a wonderful international anthology:

Each year, millions join the ranks of intrepid migrants who have reshaped societies throughout history. The movement of peoples across borders—whether forcible, as with the Middle Passage and the Trail of Tears, or voluntary, as with the great migrations from Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America to the United States and Western Europe—brings with it emotional and psychological dislocations.

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Common Boundary: Stories of Immigration

Common Boundary: Stories of Immigration

This provocative anthology of writings explores immigration from a number of perspectives. It includes my essay, "Living Between Question Marks," as well as a poem, "My Father Eats Figs." In this essay, I tried to crystallize in a few pages my complicated responses to my hyphenated identity and my emotional relationship with punctuation.?!

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The Flying Camel

The Flying Camel

This is a wonderful one-of-a-kind collection of memoir essays by women of North African and Middle Eastern Jewish heritage. My essay, "The Life & Times of Ruth of the Jungle," explores my relation with my Moroccan family and my grandfather's legacy.

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Becoming Myself: Reflections on Growing Up Female

Becoming Myself: Reflections on Growing Up Female

Woohoo, that's my piece alongside those by JK Rowling, Maya Angelou and Kate Winslet, among others! We're all sharing memories and experiences of what it means to be a girl growing up in our world. My essay, "The Smell of Women," goes back to the first short story I shared with my middle school English class and a teacher who found it "filthy." Sigh.

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Desire: Women Write About Wanting

Desire: Women Write About Wanting

This anthology examines how women of all ages feel about desire. My essay, "Women Writing Desire," interweaves my life as a daughter and mother with the daily discipline of writing.

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POEMS

"My Father Eats Figs," a visual poem


ESSAYS

"The Storyteller"
"In Search of the Goddess: Following the Call to Kildare, Ireland"
"On Pizza in Naples and Flying Solo"
"Combing My Mother's Hair"
"Living Between Question Marks"


FICTION

Swamp Girl
You Blows What You Is