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was born in Brooklyn, the daughter of Lebanese immigrants. She started writing at the age of eight, and has been a published writer for over 30 years, with seven poetry collections (the latest New York Poems, Syracuse University Press, 2005), one novel, two critical works on Black poets, a creative writing workbook, a musical drama plus innumerable essays.
She has an MA and a PhD, and has received many awards for her work. Her poems have also appeared in anthologies, and in major US literary journals.
She was presented with the RAWI Lifetime Achievement Award at the second national RAWI conference, May 2007. For more information about D H Melhem, please go to her website www.dhmelhem.com.