Sehba Sarwar is a writer and multidisciplinary artist whose prose, poetry and video/art installations explore displacement and women’s issues at a domestic and global level, moving between South Asia and the USA. Her essays, poems and short stories have appeared in anthologies, newspapers and magazines in Pakistan, USA, Canada and India in publications including Asia: Magazine of Asian Literature, The New York Times’ Sunday Magazine, and Callaloo. Her first novel Black Wings was published in 2004, and she is currently working on a second manuscript tentatively entitled Island. Sarwar serves as Artistic Director/Founder of Voices Breaking Boundaries (VBB), an alternative 12-year arts organization in Houston, TX. She directs VBB’s living room art productions that are partially funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her video/art installations have been exhibited in Pakistan, Egypt, India and the US and she is a recipient of three Houston Arts Alliance Creative Awards. A lifetime member of the Macondo Writers’ Workshop, Sarwar is listed on the Texas Commission on the Arts’ Touring Artist Roster. She serves on the Board of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast.

Sarwar’s residency is funded in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts.