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 Palestine, but 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, and Senator Sherrod Brown’s Women’s Leadership Summit.

Sara was also one of 20 global student delegates to the 2018 New York Times Athens Democracy Forum in Greece. Her works appear in over 12 publications, including a forthcoming language arts curriculum by McGraw-Hill. Some of Sara’s accolades include giving a TEDx Talk, getting nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and performing at the Tenement Museum of NYC. Most recently, 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.


“I was afraid to breathe for the entirety of Sara’s show for fear I would miss a single word.”

Shirley Nyhan, audience member

“Sara Abou Rashed is one of the most powerful voices in America right now.”

Jeni Britton Bauer, founder of Jeni’s Ice Cream

“Sara’s story is powerful, and to see the way she brings it to life is equally explosive.”

Barbara Fant, poet

Let’s build something together.

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