In Their Own Voice: Sehba Sarwar

T2F Presents Sehba Sarwar on Sunday, 5th August 2007

Karachi-born writer, poet, and essayist Sehba Sarwar will appear at T2F on Sunday to read new sehbasarwar.jpgpoems about Karachi, and selections from her first novel Black Wings (Alhamra Publishing, Islamabad). Sehba’s essays, poems and stories have been published in anthologies, newspapers and magazines in Pakistan, India and USA. Some of her recent work has appeared in the Alhamra Literary Magazine (Islamabad), And the World Changed (Women Unlimited, New Delhi) and in The News (Lahore). Her latest short story, A Sandstone Past, will appear this fall in a collection of short stories featuring Pakistani women writers (Harper Collins, New Delhi).

Based in Houston (USA) for the last fifteen years, Sehba has won three literary awards through the Houston Arts Alliance. Currently, she serves as Founding Director for Voices Breaking Boundaries, an activist arts organization. Over the years, Sehba has served as co-host of a Houston-based radio show on KPFT Pacifica 90.1 FM, appeared in readings and panels around the US, won awards for her writing, and has taught many writing workshops to adults and teenagers in Houston as well as in Karachi. She has been recognized for her writing and activism by: Karachi’s Dawn; Border Senses, an El Paso-based website; Living Smart, a Houston television show; and by other media outlets.

Most of Sehba’s formative years were at Karachi Grammar School where she took her O and A Levels, after which she went on to receive a BA from Mount Holyoke College and an MPA from the University of Texas at Austin. Her political consciousness was shaped by her working at The Star where she took a position after completing her A Levels and her bachelor’s degree. Mostly, though, she is influenced by her father, Dr. Mohammad Sarwar, who pioneered Karachi’s student movement during the fifties and was jailed for his work, and her mother, educator Zakia Sarwar, who is a forerunner for her work in English language instruction in Pakistan.

About “In Their Own Voice”

Poets and writers challenge norms, provide sanctuaries of escape, heal wounds, and take human consciousness to the next level. This series provides a platform to poets, writers, and storytellers to weave their magic.

Date: Sunday, 5th August 2007

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