About Sarah


Sarah Sassoon is an Australian, Iraqi Jewish writer, poet and educator. She is the author of the award winning children’s picture book Shoham’s Bangle and online poetry chapbook This is Why We Don’t Look Back. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and her work has appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, Lilith, MER, Ruminate and elsewhere. Her forthcoming picture book This is Not a Cholent is forthcoming in 2024 with Kar-Ben Publishing.

Sarah’s writing follows her curiosity exploring her Iraqi Jewish history, the story of refugees and resilience, the rich, layered 2600-year-old culture of Babylonian Jews, with a special interest in Middle Eastern women’s experience.

Sarah currently lives in Jerusalem with her four boys and a Belgian Malinois she found at her local coffeeshop.


Sarah is the recipient of the Harbor Review’s Jewish Women’s Poetry Prize, 2022 and the Andrea Moriah Memorial Poetry Prize, 2021. Her poetry has also twice been shortlisted for the Anna Davidson Rosenberg Poetry Award and received honorable mentions in the Reuben Rose and The Roadrunner Review poetry competitions.

Sarah’s debut picture book Shoham’s Bangle was named a Sydney Taylor Notable Book, and a SCBWI Crystal Kite Award winner.


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