Lauren Abunassar

Lauren Abunassar is an Arab-American journalist and poet/writer who currently resides in New York. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry, Narrative, Rattle, Boulevard, and elsewhere. She was a 2020 Ruth Lilly & Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg finalist and the winner of the 2023 Etel Adnan Poetry Prize. She holds graduate degrees in poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and journalism from NYU. Her first book will be released in October. Follow her on Instagram at @lauren.abunassar.


Where I wanted to hold, I gave way. Where I wanted to rest, I kept moving.