Through literary and visual arts, Voices Breaking Boundaries provokes awareness and dialogue about social justice issues across and within local and global borders.

What Is Home? (2015); photo by Paul Hester

Sehba Sarwar founded Voices Breaking Boundaries in 2000, inspired by a poem she wrote in 1999 about political events unfolding in Pakistan.

Looking for a space to perform her work, she invited four women writers/artists – Christine Choi, Marcela Descalzi, Donna Perkins, and Jacsun Shah – to join her in starting a literary collective. Sarwar received project grants from the Houston Arts Alliance (then called Cultural Arts Council of Houston/Harris County), and the collective hosted bi-monthly readings at a Houston bookstore. The response ignited Sehba’s determination to produce a series of multi-sensory experiences enriched by open mic, music and dance.

The VBB ball was rolling. Milestone highlights:

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