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! 


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.



Release of second edition of novel Black Wings (Veliz Books, 2019) and 2019-20 book tour in cities including Houston, Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, Sacramento, San Francisco, Vancouver, and more; click below to view cities and dates

September 2019

Created site specific art installation, On Belonging , and offered reading from Black Wings at Scripps College, Claremont, California

July 2019

Read my interview in Ms. Magazine's blog "What Inter-Generational Storytelling Means to Sehba Sarwar" by Meliss Arteaga

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

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

April 2019

Podcast of my conversation and reading with Neela Banerjee at Skylight Books, Los Angeles, 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.


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 available to design new courses to meet community and institutional needs. Review some of my upcoming and past workshops.


Alongside my writing and teaching, 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