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.


Spring 2019

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

Fall 2018

Release of second edition of novel Black Wings (Veliz Books, El Paso, TX).

May 2018

Offered talk and reading at California Lutheran University's English Department banquet, Thousand Oaks, CA.

April 2018

Read excerpts from my essays "That Long Monday Afternoon" and "Invisible Lines" in VBB's Borderlines publications with Pakistan Arts Council at USC's Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, CA.

March 2018

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

February 2018

Poetry and essay readings at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Festiba 2018, Edinburg, TX.

February 2018

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

February 2018

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


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