“Sara Abou Rashed is a powerful voice, an inspiration.”—Marian Wright Edelman, The Children’s Defense Fund
Palestinian by blood. Syrian by memory. American by citizenship. Eastern in upbringing. Western in residence—a poetic matrix in exile, constantly mapping home.
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I am an accomplished poet and speaker who has delivered numerous keynote addresses, performed on stages big and small, and told stories all over. My experience includes coaching, editing, leading workshops, storytelling, emceeing, commercial videos, live performances and commencement speeches, among others.
Currently, I am pursuing an MFA in poetry at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Given the circumstances, my one-woman show, A Map of Myself: My Odyssey to America, is pausing travel to different cities, schools, conferences, and universities. Stay connected to get the latest updates on other new projects and events.
Empowerment, leadership, creativity, entrepreneurship and community are a few of my core values. I’m passionate about change-making initiatives, especially ones concerned with youth, women, and immigrant communities. Please contact me if our missions, interests, projects intersect and we ought to cross paths!
Called “an inspiration,’’ by Marian Wright Edelman, Sara Abou Rashed is an exciting young voice in America. She is a poet, speaker, and storyteller.
Originally from Haifa, Palestine, but was born and raised in Syria, Sara moved with her family to Columbus, Ohio in 2013. Since then, she has keynoted at numerous conferences such as the National Convention of Teachers of English, the United States of Women Galvanize, and Senator Sherrod Brown’s Women’s Leadership Summit.
Some of Sara’s accolades include giving a TEDx Talk, getting nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and performing at the Tenement Museum of NYC. Her writings appear in over 10 publications, including the latest 9-12 English Language Arts curriculum from McGraw Hill.
In 2018, Sara wrote and starred in her debut one-woman show titled A Map of Myself in which she discusses identity, belonging, immigration, and finding home. Her show has been performed over 17 times across the United States.
Currently, Sara is at the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor pursuing an MFA in Poetry. She graduated in May 2021 from Denison University in Granville, Ohio, with her BA in Creative Writing and International Studies (MENA concentration).