Writer & Poet

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F. Zehra Naqvi is a Karachi-born writer, editor and poet raised on unceded Coast Salish lands (Vancouver). Her poem ‘forgetting urdu’ was the winner of Room 2016 Poetry Contest. She has written and edited for various publications internationally. Her work has appeared in Tin House, RoomThe New Quarterly, Jaggery, The Express Tribune, DAWN, Routed Magazine and is forthcoming in Living Hyphen and The Minola Review. 

Zehra holds an MSc in Migration Studies and an MSc in Social Anthropology from Oxford University, where she recently completed her studies as a Rhodes Scholar. Prior to Oxford, she graduated from the University of British Columbia with a BA Honours in English and Creative Writing. At UBC, Zehra was a Wesbrook Scholar, a recipient of the English Honours Medal, and the Teresa Tenisci Memorial Prize for demonstrating exceptional achievement in UBC’s Creative Writing Program. Zehra is currently located in Oxford, where she is working on a book of poetry and prose. 

Zehra’s work tends to focus on issues around race, gender, migration, mobility, social movements, urban spaces, politics of visibility, Islam, and identity. She occasionally tweets @fzehran. Instagram:  @hintsofgladness 

Credit for the calligraphy featured on header goes to the artist, Aleena: http://theguyanagyal.deviantart.com/