Upcoming Events - Spring 2020

March 5, 2020, 10:35–11:50 am
AWP panel: Making Place in Hybrid Tongues
with Torsa Ghosal, Sorayya Khan, Minerva Laveaga, and Nadia Misir
Room 216A, Henry B. González Convention Center
San Antonio, TX

March 5, 2020, 4:00 pm
ACCOLADES release party
Women Who Submit
La Botanica, 2911 N St Mary’s St
San Antonio, TX 78212

March 6th, 2020, 5:30-7:30 pm
Veliz Books, AWP off-site reading
Menger Hotel (Cavalier Room)
San Antonio, TX

March 10, 2020, 10:30–11:45 am
Visiting Writer
Creveling Lounge, Pasadena City College
Pasadena, CA

April 4, 2020
(details TBA)
San Antonio Book Festival
San Antonio, Texas

April 22, 2020, Noon
(details TBA)
Festival of the Arts
Cal State University-Sacramento, CA

Past Spring 2020 readings

February 1, 2 pm 
Progress Party
UCLA Writers’ Program
1010 Westwood Boulevard, Room 409
Los Angeles, CA 90024

February 8, 11 am – 3 pm
Creating Space and Courage for Writing
Womxns Write Inn
Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library
5870 Atlantic Ave
Long Beach, CA 90805

Past Events - Fall 2019

September 6, 2019, 7 pm
Poetry reading, LIKE HOME:
poetry in response to displacement
Avenue 50 Studio
Los Angeles, CA

September 8, 2019, 2 pm
Houston Noir reading
Sisters In Crime-LA
South Pasadena Library
South Pasadena, CA

September 10, 2019, 12:15 pm
Black Wings reading and signing
Hampton Room,
Scripps College
Claremont, CA

September 12, 2019, 7:30 pm
The WCCW Reading Series: Work & Labor
Women’s Center for Creative Work
Los Angeles, CA

September 16 – 27, 2019
On Belonging installation
Interactive session, 9/16 Noon onward 
Scripps College
Claremont, CA

October 1, 2019, 7:30 pm
The New/Old Show
Tuesday Night Project
alongside FandangObon, Taz Ahmed, Ginto Seeds, Kid In the Middle
Los Angeles, CA

October 6, 2019, 2 pm
LitCrawl LA
With Womxn Write Inn
Los Angeles, CA

October 13, 2019, 4 pm
Roar Shack presents
“Third Wind”
curated by David Rocklin
Los Angeles, CA

October 17, 2019, 5:30 pm
Black Wings reading alongside Fan Wu
and liz gonzález
San Francisco Public Library
San Francisco, CA

October 19, 2019, 6:30 pm
LitCrawl SF
with Womxn Write Inn
San Francisco, CA

October 21, 2019, 4 pm
Black Wings reading;
Q&A with Parama Roy
University of California-Davis
Sacramento,  CA

October 26, 2019, noon & 4:00 pm
Texas Book Festival
12 pm: Panel featuring Houston Noir
4 pm: 
Panel featuring Black Wings
Austin, TX

October 26, 2019, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Story Mixer
LitCrawl Austin

Empire Control Room
Austin, TX

November 2 & 3, 2019, 2:00 – 5:00 pm
Multi-genre Inprint Intensive Workshop
Inprint, Inc
Houston, TX

November 5, 2019, Noon – 2 pm
Women Writers Unite
Reading and panel discussion
Cal State-San Bernardino
San Bernardino, CA

Past Events - Spring 2019

March 3, 2019
Curated and co-hosted “Poetry for Peace,” an artistic response to rising violence in Kashmir, India
Pasadena Central Library
Pasadena, CA

March 6, 2019
Black Wings Pre-launch reading
Caltech University
Pasadena, CA

March 28, 2019
Black Wings pre-launch reading
Women Who Submit, Nucleus Portland
Portland, OR

March 29, 2019
Black Wings Book Launch alongside writers Mohamed Asem, Corinne Manning & Ramzy Farouki
Studio Faro Gallery
Portland, OR

March 29, 2019
An evening of poetry and prose with Macondistas
Portland State University
Portland, OR

March 31, 2019
Black Wings reading; conversation with Alka Kurian
Elliott Bay Book Company, co-sponsored by Tasveer
Seattle, WA

April 2, 2019
Black Wings reading alongside Nilofar Shidmehr
Burnaby Neighbourhood House
Vancouver, Canada

April 24, 2019
Featured writer at Rio Hondo College’s annual Rites of Spring Literary Festival
Rio Hondo College
Whittier, CA

May 18 & 19, 2019
LitFest Pasadena with Olga Garcia, Angelina Sáenz, Tanya Ko Hong & Veronica Reyes in a session entitled Lenguas Revoltosas: Writers of Color Disrupting Traditional Literary Zones; also in a panel that tackles “toxic masculinity,”
Pasadena, CA

May 26, 2019
Black Wings reading alongside liz gonzález
Gatsby Books
Long Beach, CA

August 4, 2019
A reading with Why There Are Words-LA:  “A Radical Interpretation of Survival in Literature” with  David Ulin, Rachel Howzell Hall, Arminé Iknadossian, Carla Sameth, and Aatif Rashid
Los Angeles, CA

August 9, 2019
East Meets West: a reading with many LA-based writers; curated by Tanya Ko Hong
Beyond Baroque
Venice Beach, CA

August 25, 2019
celebrate our words / /  BAN THE WALLS
A reading celebrating Black Wings
with Lisbeth Coiman, Jamie Asaye Fitzgerald, Lucy Rodriguez-Hanley, and Alicia Vogl Saenz and high school students Sofia Barrios and Minal Saldivar, as well as surprise guests including Lynn Harris Ballen, Diya Bose, Manuela Traude Gomez and Elline Lipkin
Pasadena Central Library
Pasadena, CA

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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 my art car, Digital Meets Pakistani Truck Art, featuring stickers of buraq images from Karachi; photo by Burnell McCray