celebrate our voices / / BAN THE WALLS . . .

The statement below (written collaboratively by Diya Bose, Alicia Vogl Saenz, and me) was read in the order of writers above: Jamie Asaye Fitzgerald, Alicia Vogl Saenz, Elline Lipkin, Manuela Traude Gomez, Diya...

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macondo2019 after a tough take-off…

Workshop participants Reyna Grande, Macarena Hernández, Olivia Mena, Amelia María de la Luz Montes and partner, Liliana Valenzuela, Fan Wu, and board member Pat Aldrete with Sandra Cisneros and Ruth Behar at Liberty Bar  “I’m from...

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07 Jan, 2019

new work in papercuts’ nomad issue…

07 Jan, 2019

In summer 2018, writer Sorayya Khan invited me to submit new work to Desi Writer’s Lounge’s latest Papercuts issue, Nomad. The online publication was launched on December 31, 2018,...

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30 Jun, 2017

“fiction is an offering, a prayer, a universe…”

30 Jun, 2017

Arundhati Roy read a passage from her new novel The Ministry of Utmost Happiness; image of rock star Patti Smith in the background “Happiness is an act of resistance,”...

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27 Mar, 2017

no borders, no walls….

Sehbar Sarwar
27 Mar, 2017

a fence dividing two nations To celebrate spring break, the family and I drive down the coastline to visit San Diego. On our last morning, we dip down to...

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04 Feb, 2017

the big day…

04 Feb, 2017

author Kate DiCamillo with Minal Ever since Minal learns that she won first place in the Scholastic Reader’s Raymie Nightingale contest, she has been waiting for young adult author...

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11 Jun, 2016

my narration of azeb’s story appears in NYT magazine…

11 Jun, 2016

Since I met Azeb in October 2015, I have enjoyed her ability to share stories and make us laugh. Last fall, we sat over several delicious meals at Lucy’s...

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07 May, 2015

essay in gray matters…

07 May, 2015

photograph of my 2009 “Listening from Within” installation dedicated to my father, Dr. Mohammad Sarwar; photo by Eric Hester An excerpt from my longer essay “That Long Monday Afternoon”...

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a lesson i learned about being desi and american is that boundaries are made up…

Sehba Sarwar

Zarana Sanghani, who recently returned to Houston after graduate school and working New York, talks about the issue of “home” – a subject that’s close to her heart: Feeling...

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07 Apr, 2015

i think of windows when i think of home…

Sehba Sarwar
07 Apr, 2015

I meet up with my friends Sally, Beverly and Yolanda, who I know through many Houston-based spaces and organizations including Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast and the University of Houston’s...

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