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Sehba Sarwar

sehba sarwar

Writer, multidisciplinary artist, and activist Sehba Sarwar moves between the city of her birth, Karachi, Pakistan, where she spent the first half of her life in a home filled with artists, activists and educators, and her adopted city, Houston, where she has recreated a community similar to the one where she was raised. Sarwar’s writing and art tackle women’s issues and displacement. Her stories, essays and poems straddle South Asia and the US and have appeared in anthologies, newspapers, and magazines in Canada, India, Pakistan, and the US in publications including Asia: Magazine of Asian Literature, The New York Times’ Sunday Magazine, and Callaloo, while her first novel Black Wings was published in 2004 (Alhamra Publishing, Pakistan). Her videos and installations have been screened/viewed in Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Pakistan and the US. A recipient of three Houston Arts Alliance’s Creative Awards, Sarwar served as Artist-in-Residence (2012-14) for the Mitchell Center for the Arts at the University of Houston through which she began her memoir, What Is Home?.  Recently Sarwar received 2014-15 Artistic Innovations award through the Mid-America Arts Alliance for further developing her memoir into a multidisciplinary exhibition. Serving as Artistic Director/Founder for Voices Breaking Boundaries, Sarwar is a lifetime member of Macondo Writers’ Workshop, and has been listed on Texas Commission on the Arts’ Touring Artist Roster since 2010.