Select Performances & Panels

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Readings: Release of second edition of novel, Black Wings (Veliz Books, 2019), and book tour starting March 2019 to cities including Austin, Houston, Portland, Los Angeles, and more; March 2019 onward. 

Panel and Reading: Participated in LitFest Pasadena 2019 with four writers in a session entitled Lenguas Revoltosas: Writers of Color Disrupting Traditional Literary Zones; also participated in a session that tackled issues around “toxic masculinity,” Pasadena, California; May 2019.

Conversation: Engaged in PEN America’s World Voices Festival in a conversation, Seeing Beyond Satire and Stereotypes, with writer Mohammad Hanif, Pasadena, California; May 2019.

Readings: Celebration of book launch for Houston Noir (Akashic Books), edited by Gwendolyn Zepeda, at Murder by the Book and Houston Public Library, Houston, Texas; May 2019.

Reading: Featured writer at Rio Hondo College’s annual Rites of Spring Literary Festival, Rio Hondo College, Whittier, California; April 2019

Reading: Read essays at Pacific Asia Museum for Pakistan Arts Council, Pasadena, California; April 2018.

Reading: Transnationalism, Displacement and New Work” at South Pasadena Public Library, Poets & Writers-Los Angeles, California; Feb 2018.

Performances and installation: On Belonging at the Menil Collection, Houston, Texas; Feb 2018.  

Reading: Read essay and poems at Blood on the Tracks at Cielo Galleries, Los
Angeles, California; August 2017.

Poetry reading: Karachi Literature Festival, Beach Luxury Hotel, Karachi, Pakistan; February 2017.

Curation: Co-curated Borderlines! the final a living room art production for Voices Breaking Boundaries’ 2013-16 Borderlines series, Houston, Texas, June 2016.

Reading and conversation:Mars: A Conversation” at The Interview: Red, Red Future, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas; April 2016.

Producer and artist: Produced, directed and created site-specific installations and videos for Women Under Siege, a production that featured 8+ artists from Houston and Karachi, Voices Breaking Boundaries, Houston, Texas; April 2012.

Producer and artist: Produced, co-curated and created site-specific installations and videos Third Worlds: Third Ward/Karachi, Voices Breaking Boundaries, Houston, Texas; October 2011.

Performance: “Feeding Ourselves,” a collaborative performance at Rothko Chapel’s symposium, Alternative Economies, Resilient Communities, Rothko Chapel, Houston, Texas; April 2016.

Installation: Created a mixed media installation “What We Leave Behind,” and co-curated Crossing the Lines, a living room art production for VBB’s Borderlines series, Houston, Texas; May 2014.  

Mixed media installation: “Reclaiming Home,” at art exhibition, Coming Through the Gap in the Mountain on an Elephant, Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas; July 2013.  

Producer and artist: Produced, co-curated and created site-specific installations and videos for Homes and Histories, a production that featured 10+ artists from Houston, Amsterdam and Karachi, Voices Breaking Boundaries, Houston, Texas; December 2012.

Reading: Poetry performance: at La Luz, at Macondo Writers Workshop, Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, Texas; July 2011.  

Video collage: Screening of video collage “Why Are You Looking At Me Like That?” at Medar for Contemporary Art’s 4th Cairo Video Festival, Cairo, Egypt; October 2010.

Producer and artist: Curated and produced Voices Breaking Boundaries living room art show, Honoring Dissent / Descent and created a site-specific installation, “Listening from Within,” Houston, Texas; November 2009.

Reading: Read essay “Heartbeat” at Callaloo conference Callaloo Salutes Texas Writers, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas; March 2009.  

Reading and panel discussion for And the World Changed book launch, Feminist Press, New York, NY; December 2008.


I am working on a memoir as well as generating essays, short stories, and poems.

Select Panels

Panelist: Panelist at session, “Lenguas Revoltosas: Writers of Color Disrupting Traditional Literary Zones,” Association for Writers and Writing Programs (AWP), Portland, Oregon; March 2019.

Panelist: Speaker at Mitchell Center for the Arts CounterCurrent Festival discussion, Home Improvement Public-Private-Participatory-Park: Recreational Resistance, Houston, Texas; April 2016.

Panelist: Borderlines book launch, South Asia Institute, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas; March 2016.

Panelist: Conversation on Challenging the Boundaries: Collaboration Among the Arts, CounterCurrent 14, Mitchell Center for the Arts, Houston, Texas; Apr 2014.

Panelist: Served on panel for Arts Works, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington DC; Dec 2013.

Speaker: Britto Arts Trust, Dhaka, Bangladesh; July 2013.

Panelist: Presenter at NEA panel “Arts Activism: At the Intersection of Civic Engagement and Community Development at APAP|NY2013, Association of Performing Arts Presenters annual conference, New York, New York; Jan 2013.

Radio host: Interviewed singer/artist Patti Smith on Voices Breaking Boundaries’ radio show Think Global-Act Local! on KPFT 90.1 FM, Houston, Texas; April 2010.

Panelist: Speaker in discussion “Eyes on Texas: What it Means to Write Here” at Callaloo conference Callaloo Salutes Texas Writers, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas; Mar 2009.

Panelist: “Pakistan Today: Life after Benazir Bhutto: Houston Pakistani women speak out,” hosted by Friends of UH Women’s Studies’ Living Archives Series, Menil Collection, Houston, Texas; March 2008.

Panelist: Presentation on “Voicing Needs & Creative Survival: Writing in Multilingual, Community Spaces” at Association for Writers and Writing Programs (AWP), New York, New York; Jan 2008.


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