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 creating connections between communities around the globe. Through her writings, talks, and workshops, Sehba encourages awareness and action among people of all ages and backgrounds. Please contact her so she can visit your campus or community to offer a workshop, reading, or leadership training! 


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.


May 2019

Short Story: "Railway Track," a murder story to be published in Houston Noir anthology, edited by Gwendolyn Zepeda, Akashic Books, New York.

5:00 pm, May 9, 2019

Book launch and conversation with Reggie Scott Young, The Twig Bookstore, San Antonio, Texas

7:00 pm, May 6, 2019

Reading and conversation with Christa Forster, Brazos Bookstore, Houston, Texas

5:00 pm, May 6, 2019

Reading, BookPeople, Austin, Texas

7:30 pm, April 26, 2019

Book launch, welcome words by Alicia Vogl Saenz and conversation with Neela Banerjee, Skylight Books, Los Angeles, California

7:00 pm, March 29, 2019

Black Wings Book Launch alongside writers Mohamed Asem, Corinne Manning & Ramzy Farouki, Faro Gallery, Portland, Oregon

December 2018

Poetry: “On Belonging and Other Poems.” Papercuts' Nomad issue, edited by Sorayya Khan. Desi Writers Lounge, January 2019.

October 2018

Reading: Gave reading at LA Queer and Women of Color Writers Series, California State University, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California.


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 offer a range of services including: readings, workshops, courses, or multidisciplinary performances/installations. I look forward to hearing from you!

Sehba Sarwar Art Car
Front hood of Digital Meets Pakistani Truck Art, the art car that I co-designed with artist Eric Hester, featuring buraq sticker images from Karachi; photo by Burnell McCray