Mervat was born in Iraq as a minority Christian and in the late 1970s and came to America at age two. Torn between her cultural heritage which dates back over 7300 years and the new land of freedom and opportunity, she watches friends live an Americanized lifestyle while she clings onto Middle Eastern traditions, all along yearning for the courage to follow her own path, to "Trust thyself" as Ralph Waldo Emerson emphasized. Then she meets Johnny, the perfect potential suitor, but he brings along multiple complications. As their relationship faces its challenges, Mervat's desire for having individuality while maintaining her tribal lifestyle escorts her to the discovery of unexpected cultures and beliefs.
|Publisher:||Hermiz Publishing, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.61(d)|
About the Author
Namou received her Bachelor's Degree in Communications from Wayne State University. She studied fiction and memoir through various correspondence courses, poetry in Prague and screenwriting at MPI (Motion Picture Institute of Michigan). She writes for several local newspapers and her essays, articles and poetry have appeared in national and international publications including World Literature Today, Mizna, Gargoyles, Acumen 59 [England], the Transnational [Germany], MultiCultural Review and numerous other literary publications, including a chapbook called Lettre Savage.
As the co-founder and president of IAA (Iraqi Artists Association) and Ambassador of Arab America, Namou has given poetry readings, lectures and workshops at numerous cultural and educational institutions such as Madonna University, Wayne State University, Oakland Community College, and RAWI Conference at the Arab American National Museum, and Allied Media Conference. In 2012, she won a lifetime achievement award from E'Rootha.
Namou studied Sikkim from one of her teachers, a Native American man who lived with the Tibetan monks. She is a certified Reiki Master, and a graduate of Lynn Andrews' 4-year shamanic school.