22 Jun, 2017

reconnecting circles in a backyard…

Sehba Sarwar
22 Jun, 2017

November 2009: Audience members in my Houston backyard at a production I created, Honoring Dissent/Descent, to honor my father Dr. Mohammad Sarwar, and living activist Daniel Bustamante; photo by Eric Hester A decade ago, I met Lauren Eggert-Crowe in Atlanta at the Association for Writers and Writing Programs (AWP)...

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04 May, 2017

borderlines book launch…

Seaba Sarwar
04 May, 2017

photo by Jimmy Castillo I spend a fleeting two days in Houston to kick off Voices Breaking Boundaries’ latest publication, Borderlines Volume Three. The publication, co-edited by Margot Backus PhD and Maria Gonzalez PhD and designed by Joshua Turner, contains essays, poems, interviews, and visual art by contributors along...

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27 Apr, 2017

finding refuge in a garden…

Sehbar Sarwar
27 Apr, 2017

foliage at the The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens’ front entrance   This week, I camped out at Huntington Garden’s café to complete a short story. To take a break, I stroll in the gardens, inhaling fragrance from the rose garden and savoring the foliage.   26...

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28 Feb, 2017

the movement, a mural and a tent…

Sehbar Sarwar
28 Feb, 2017

a mural in front of Los Angeles’ Greyhound Station Almost a week has passed since the last round of protesters at Standing Rock were pushed out or arrested. The Guardian reports: “Amid the anger and sadness over the eviction of the camp, however, water protectors expressed determination to keep...

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19 Feb, 2017

all in a day…

Sehbar Sarwar
19 Feb, 2017

“That’s Andy Warhol’s Rolls Royce,” says a man at the entrance, pointing to the burgundy 1974 Rolls Royce with a New York license plate reading “WARHOL” that greets visitors upon entering the Revolver gallery in Santa Monica. As we talk, I learn that I’m talking to Ron Rivlin an...

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10 Feb, 2017

home again…

Sehbar Sarwar
10 Feb, 2017

Even though my time in Karachi is brief, I’m able to carve out time to accept Asif Farrukhi’s long-standing invitation to visit Habib University, a liberal arts school that opened less than three years ago. Over an informal lunch, I listen to students share about their poetry slam initiative,...

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03 Feb, 2017

VBB’s upcoming publication…

03 Feb, 2017

Borderlines Volume Two; image by Veer Munshi, cover design by Angela Martinez Now more than ever it’s important to push past rising walls. In about a month, Voices Breaking Boundaries’ latest publication, Borderlines Volume Three, will be available. The publication, containing writings and art from Bangladesh, Canada, India, Mexico,...

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26 Oct, 2016

memory: a hatchback transformed…

Sehbar Sarwar
26 Oct, 2016

I step out to our street today and freeze at the sidewalk. In front of me rests a red Honda Civic Hatchback, identical to the first new car I bought in 1993. I drove my hatchback up until 2010, after which Eric Hester and I created an art car...

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30 Jun, 2016

bumping into art and friends at airports…

Sehba Sarwar
30 Jun, 2016

At Houston’s Hobby Airport, as René, Minal and I walk toward our gate, I catch sight of glass art that has been installed along the tunnel between the gates and security entrance. Fuchsia glass streaked with yellow and purple stands out as sun rays pour through the west. I...

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16 Apr, 2016

a live mural installation…

Sehba Sarwar
16 Apr, 2016

Yesterday I stopped by the University of Houston to witness eL Seed work on his mural installation as part of the Mitchell Center’s CounterCurrent festival. As he worked high above ground, students performed dance in front of the Social Work building. Two years ago when eL Seed flew to...

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