Lana Issam Ghannam is a first-generation Palestinian-American poet. Her collection, Evolution of Stone, won the 2020 Swan Scythe Press Chapbook Contest and is forthcoming in Summer 2021. Her poetry has been nominated for the Orison Anthology Award in Poetry (2016), was a finalist for the New Letters Prize in Poetry (2015), and a finalist for the Mississippi Review Poetry Prize (2015).
Her writing attempts to bring awareness to social injustice and bicultural upbringings, as well as establish an understanding of identity, feminism, and a balance of faith and moral freedoms in an ever-changing world. Her poetry has been published in journals such as, The Revolution (Relaunch), Burrow Press Review, MississippiReview, PrismReview, RaleighReview, Spoon River Poetry Review, Sukoon, and The Cape Rock, among other journals. Her first poetry collection, Two Tongues, was published in 2019 by Finishing Line Press. Ghannam teaches English composition and lives in Florida with her husband and two sons.