Etel Adnan is the author of numerous books of poetry and prose, including the ground-breaking novel Sitt-Marie Rose. She is a recipient of a 2010 PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles National Literary Award. Both her paintings and texts were included in documenta 13 in Kassel, Germany, in 2012. In the spring 2013, the CCA Wattis in San Francisco mounted the first retrospective of her visual work. She lives between Sausalito, California and Paris.