Rana Bitar is a Syrian-American physician, poet, and writer. She earned her Master’s in English and Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University.
Her memoir, The Long Tale of Tears and Smiles, was published by Global Collective Publishers in August 2021.
She is the author of two poetry chapbooks, A Loaf of Bread (Unsolicited Press, 2019) and the forthcoming Hold Your Breath (Unsolicited Press, 2023).
A Loaf of Bread was a finalist in the “Concrete Wolf Chapbook Competition” in 2017 and won an honorable mention in “The 2017 Louis Award” for poetry.
Hold Your Breath was selected by The National Women’s History Museum to be on Exhibit for their Coronavirus Journaling Project, and was featured in The New York Times on April 22, 2022.
Her poetry has appeared in many journals, including, The Deadly Writers Patrol, DoveTales, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Magnolia Review, El Portal, Pacific REVIEW, Black Coffee Review, The Phoenix, The Dewdrop, The International Human Rights Art Festival, The Charleston Anvil, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, The Sextant Review, Concrete Desert Review, The Nonconformist Magazine, Seeing Things: Anthology of Poetry, and The New York Times.
Her translation of Arabic poetry appeared in The American Journal of Poetry, The Nonconformist, Illuminations, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, and AGNI
Her essays have been published in The Pharos Journal, Med Page, and Pink Panther Magazine.
She lives in upstate NY, where she practices hematology and oncology.