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Full Name: D H Melhem
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Author of five books of poetry, two critical works, one novel, a musical drama, a creative writing workbook, over 50 published essays, and editor of three anthologies, D. H. Melhem was born in Brooklyn, New York, and died in Long Beach, California. Her Gwendolyn Brooks: Poetry and the Heroic Voice (1987) was the first comprehensive study of the poet. Melhem received her Ph.D. at the CUNY Graduate Center and was nominated for a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship in Women's Studies. Her Heroism in the New Black Poetry: Introductions and Interviews (1990) was a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship Study and won a 1991 American Book Award. Winner of numerous awards for her poetry, she has received wide acclaim for the elegy Rest in Love (reissued 1995) and Country: An Organic Poem (1998). Of her novel, Blight (1995), Cynthia Ozick wrote: An amazing and original parable . . . an indelible exemplum that will endure. Vice-president of the International Women's Writing Guild, she was a former board member of Pen & Brush and of RAWI (Radius of Arab American Writers, Inc.). She co-edited (with Leila Diab) A Different Path, the first RAWI anthology (2000); also in 2000, a chapbook, Poems for You.
Author's Timeline:
1998 (Unknown) County
Country: An Organic Poem
(Pub: Cross-Cultural Communications. ISBN: 0-89304-223-4; 0-89304-222-6)
Poetry. 
1995 (Unknown) County
Rest in Love
(Pub: Confrontation Magazine Press. ISBN: 0-913057-22-3)
Poetry. 
2000 (Unknown) County
Poems for You
(Pub: P & Q Press. ISBN: 1-893068-09-9)
Poetry. 
1995 (Unknown) County
Blight
(Pub: Riverrun Press. ISBN: 0-7145-4274-1)
Novel. 
1987 (Unknown) County
Gwendolyn Brooks: Poetry and the Heroic Voice
(Pub: University Press of Kentucky. ISBN: 0-8131-0180-8)
Nonfiction. 
1990 (Unknown) County
Heroism in the New Black Poetry: Introductions and Interviews
(Pub: University Press of Kentucky. ISBN: 0-8131-0807-1)
Nonfiction. 
2000 (Unknown) County
A Different Path
(Pub: Ridgeway Press. ISBN: 1-56439-109-4)
Anthology co-edited with Leila Diab. 
1926 Kings County
D. H. Melhem was born in Brooklyn, New York, on July 14, 1926. 
2005 New York County
New York Poems
(Pub: Syracuse University Press. ISBN: 9780815608134)
Poetry. 
2003 (Unknown) County
Conversation With A Stonemason
(Pub: Ikon. ISBN: 9780945368076)
Poetry. 
2007 (Unknown) County
Stigma & The Cave
(Pub: Syracuse University Press. ISBN: 9780815608820)
Novel. 
2013 (Unknown) County
D. H. Melhem died at Edgewater Skilled Nursing in Long Beach, California, on June 15, 2013. 
2013 Suffolk County
D. H. Melhem was interred at Green River Cemetery in Springs, New York. 

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