Writer, Artist, Writing Coach, Workshop Leader, and Community Activist

Sehba Sarwar is a thought-provoking author and speaker, an inspirational artist, and a dynamic community and cultural activist who is dedicated to pushing boundaries and encouraging awareness and action among people of all ages and backgrounds.


I use this channel to document my movement between spaces including Houston, Karachi, Delhi, Dhaka, Los Angeles and elsewhere, recording observations, images and conversations. It’s my space to share the multiple realities I inhabit as writer, artist, mother, activist and transnational. I hope you will enjoy the journey along with me.


April 8, 2018

Reading and talk on BORDERLINES with Pakistan Arts Council at USC's Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, CA.

March 25, 2018

Reading at South Pasadena Library's "Sanctuary" art opening, South Pasadena, CA.

March 15, 2018

Talk “Borderlines: Telling South Asian and US-Mexico Border Histories through Art and Performance," University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA.

March 9, 2018

Poetry reading at Art Night Pasadena, Central Library, Pasadena, CA.

February 27, 2018

Reading at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Festiba 2018, Edinburg, TX.

February 15, 2018

Roundtable speaker for Poets & Writers (west), South Pasadena Public Library, South Pasadena, CA.

February 3 and 4, 2018

"On Belonging" performance and site-specific installation, Menil Collection campus, Houston, TX.

August 13, 2017

Reading at "Blood on the Tracks: Artists on Migration, 70 Years Post Partition," Cielo Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.


Over the past three decades, I have generated essays, poems and short-stories that have appeared in anthologies, newspapers and online publications. Much of my work explores cross-border experiences, moving between Pakistan, the US, and the spaces in between, tackling women’s issues, displacement and migration.

Sehba Sarwar Courses and Workshops
Sehba Sarwar with students at Baker-Ripley Community Center (Houston); photo: Michelle Garcia


Since the 1990’s, I have given talks and readings and have served as visiting writer and adjunct faculty member at colleges and universities around the United States and Pakistan. I am currently identifying new course topics and am interested in developing these for upcoming sessions. Review some of my past workshops.


Though I am primarily known as a writer and educator, I have generated a large body of solo and collaborative art installations that tackle many issues including women’s reproductive rights and border/migration disputes. Browse through some of my work.


I am an author and speaker, an artist, and a community and cultural activist.

If I can use my talents and passions to inspire you or your network to push boundaries and become involved in our communities, please connect with me. I am open to schedule readings, workshops, courses or multimedia installations; my On Belonging performance and installation is available for touring. 

Sehba Sarwar Art Car
Front hood of my art car, Digital Meets Pakistani Truck Art, featuring buraq sticker images from Karachi; photo by Burnell McCray