Elisabeth Mehl Greene
Writer & Composer
Resource Publications, 2016, 170 pages
"Poet and biblical scholar Elisabeth Greene has done the nearly impossible in her portrayals of women in scripture, virtually bringing them alive and letting us hear their unique voices by skillfully turning her scholarship into beautiful poetry." -- Christian Feminism Today
"In this accessible collection, Greene gives voices to women in the Bible who have been silenced for too long. Greene's well-informed poems bear witness to the ways women have contributed to God's grand story, while also challenging readers to see the Bible in all its complexities. Reading these poems has deepened my appreciation for scripture and for the women whose lives are inscribed there." --Melanie Springer Mock, Professor, George Fox University
"Greene simultaneously upholds the importance of the scriptural stories in continuing to offer meaning to spiritual seekers today, as well as a willingness to question, dig deep, seek after and find God, and grow in one’s faith through tenacity, hope, creativity, birth, prophecy, grace, wisdom, and friendship." -- Cherice Bock
- Recent poetry appears in the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion and the anthology District Lines IV.
- Review: Womanist Midrash by Wilda C. Gafney
- Review: Hagar Poems by Mohja Kahf
in eleven movements for choir and instruments
Premiered by Six Degree Singers of Silver Spring, MD
Composer Elisabeth Mehl Greene collaborates with blind poet A. J. Nolte to imagine worlds of color in this muli-movement work for choir and instruments. Each poetic reflection on color invents a culture and landscape, filled with the emotions and imagery of that color. These works became the lyrics for eleven movements for choir. Blue imagines the people of an island, lounging on docks under infinite skies, the lapping of water, and sunset dances on the beach. The Yellow land is a sun-drenched savanna; its riders race its prairies, fearing neither the enemies nor lions they might find there. Red is a country filled with dragons and volcanoes, spice filling the air, its citizens turned veterans of the battle with a violent landscape. In the Green poem, there is a fruitful spring garden. In Orange, we find a burnt desert. Purple castles float in the air with winged carriages and the alchemy of heat and moisture in the clouds. Ten movements interpret the images, moods, and relationships of each color text, and the Palette movement concludes the work combining all the colors.
Most recent performance by Opera on Tap DC
Collaborations with five Canadian librettists written at Tapestry Opera's Composer-Librettist laboratory. Selected scenes have been performed in Toronto, Winnipeg, Texas, and most recently Washington, DC.
The Theory of Everything - Sheldon Rosen
Merk's Dream - Nick Carpenter
Guitar - Norman Yeung
Lost and Found - Sharon Bajer
Naila and Lolo - Anusree Roy
Elisabeth Mehl Greene is a writer and composer working in the Washington DC area. She is a visiting researcher at the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University. Greene received her doctorate from the University of Maryland. Lady Midrash: Poems Reclaiming the Voices of Biblical Women is her first book.