A Loaf of Bread




The Pharos/Winter 2020
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
The Sliding Door


I asked the gravedigger

to recite the names of my brothers,

the names of their wives,

and the names of their children.

I asked him to dig deeper,

so I can bury my memories.

As I Die
The Deadly Writers Patrol

My house fell—

In my ears, the boom of the blow

is repeated,

and in my chest, lies a map of fear;

I wait for its edges to fold in,

so I can lay my head on it,

and fall asleep.




Rana Bitar was born and raised in Damascus, Syria. She is a physician specializing in hematology and oncology, and is currently practicing in Upstate New York.

Rana is an author and a poet. She earned a Master’s Degree in English and Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University.

Her poetry appeared in The Deadly Writers Patrol journal, DoveTales, Earthen Lamp Journal, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Magnolia Review, El Portal, and pacific REVIEW.

Her Poetry chapbook “A Loaf Of Bread” was published by “Unsolicited Press,” January 8, 2019. “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.


News & Events

In The Press


Poetry and Short Stories Reading Events

  • D. Harvey Priesler Memorial Symposium, Colombia Presbyterian Hospital, NY, NY. September 2014

  • Vermont fundraising for Syrian Refugees with pianist Michael Arnowitt, May 2016

  • Niskayuna Drama Club, Poetry & Music Benefit for New York For Syrian Refugees, Niskayuna, NY, October 2016

  • Nuyorican Poets Café with clarinets Kinan Azmeh, Poetry & Music for the Benefit of Syrian Refugees, New York, NY, November 2016

  • RIFA, Rooklyn International Football Association, New York, NY, March 2017

  • Ryan's Daughter Cafe, Where The Jasmine Grow, A Benefit for Syria, New York, NY, October 2017

  • RISSE, Refugee and Immigrant Support Services of Emmaus, Arts Feast, Celebrating refugees and immigrants in our community! Albany, NY, January 2018

  • "ARTICLE 13" at Collar Works Gallery, Troy, New York, March 31, 2018.

  • Poetry Reading with Robert Benson & Rana Bitar, "Before" and "A Loaf of Bread." Northshire Bookstore, Saratoga Springs, NY, September, 13, 2019.

  • Caffè Lena Poetry Open Mike, Saratoga Springs, NY, January 8, 2020.

















  • Saratoga Springs Public Library Reading, Saratoga Springs, NY, January 18, 2020.

  • Red Dragon Reading Series, SUNY Oneonta, Oneonta, NY, February 18, 2020 (Watch HERE).




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