Etel Adnan (Arabic: إيتيل عدنان‎; born 24 February 1925 in Beirut, French Lebanon) is a Syrian-American poet, essayist, and visual artist. In 2003, Adnan was named "arguably the most celebrated and accomplished Arab American author writing today" by the academic journal MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States.

Besides her literary output, Adnan continues to produce visual works in a variety of media, such as oil paintings, films and tapestries, which have been exhibited at galleries across the world.

She lives in Paris and Sausalito, California.

Personal Life

In her later years, Adnan began to openly identify as lesbian.