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 magazine’s 2016 Poetry Contest. She has written and edited for various publications internationally. Her work has appeared in  Jaggery, RoomThe New Quarterly, The Express Tribune, Dawn, and Tin House. 

Zehra has a BA Honours in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. She is 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.

She is currently pursing her graduate studies at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. She holds an MSc in Migration Studies and is currently reading for the MSt in World Literatures in English at Oxford.

Zehra’s work tends to focus on issues around race, gender, migration, social movements, urban spaces, the war on terror, Muslim identity, and Islamic feminism. She tweets @fzehran.


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