Maria Karametou

My piece is entitled "Refugee, Immigrant, Me" -- my grandmother was a refugee from Asia Minor (today's Turkey) forcefully evicted from her Greek hometown with the events of World War 1. I too left my homeland behind, came to the U.S. as a Greek immigrant, and became an artist, university professor, and writer (I have just completed a novel relating to the current refugee crisis and to immigration). My piece symbolizes my grandmother's hopes for rebuilding her torn life, as well as the dreams and aspirations of those of us who, whether willingly or by force, leave one life behind and make this country their second home.