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! 

BLOG

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.

UPDATES

Ongoing

Release of second edition of novel Black Wings (Veliz Books, 2019) and book tour March 2019 and onward in Austin, Houston, Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, San Antonio, Vancouver, and more; click below to view cities and dates.

May 2019

Participated in LitFest Pasadena with four writers in a session entitled, Lenguas Revoltosas: Writers of Color Disrupting Traditional Literary Zones, also participated in a panel that tackled issues around "toxic masculinity," Pasadena, California

May 2019

Engaged in PEN America's World Voices Festival in a conversation, Seeing Beyond Satire and Stereotypes, with writer Mohammad Hanif, Pasadena, California.

May 2019

My short story "Railway Track," a murder story appeared in Houston Noir anthology, edited by Gwendolyn Zepeda, Akashic Books, New York; participated in book release reading and panel, Houston, Texas.

May 2019

Interview with Krupa Parikh on Open Book: Inprint Blog: "Author Sehba Sarwar talks about the new edition of her novel Black Wings."

April 2019

Podcast of April 2018 conversation and reading with Neela Banerjee at Skylight Books, Los Angeles, California.

April 2019

Featured writer at Rio Hondo College's annual Rites of Spring Literary Festival, Rio Hondo College, Whittier, California.

March 2019

Curated and hosted "Poetry for Peace," an artistic response to rising violence in Kashmir, India, and threat of war between India and Pakistan, Pasadena Central Library, Pasadena, California.

PUBLICATIONS

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

COURSES AND WORKSHOPS

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.

PROJECTS

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.

CONTACT

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