Between 2013 – 2017, Voices Breaking Boundaries (VBB) developed a multidisciplinary project, BORDERLINES, that included three publications, showcasing literary and visual art by contributors in South Asia (primarily Bangladesh, India and Pakistan) and North America.

Sehba Sarwar, who serves as VBB’s Artistic Director/Founder, conceptualized the publications and collected majority of the writings and art while scholars Margot Backus, PhD, and Maria Gonzalez, PhD, played key roles as co-editors. The publications were designed by Joshua Turner, and the books include a rich variety of literary genres and visual art.

BORDERLINES is funded in part by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, Texas Commission on the Arts, Houston Arts Alliance, Houston Endowment, and individual supporters.


Borderlines is the essence of Sarwar’s and VBB’s work. Through thought-provoking words and images, Borderlines seeks to cultivate understanding, create connections and pave pathways into cross-cultural experiences.

Voices Breaking Boundaries Borderlines Vol 1 Publications

BORDERLINES: Volume One Art Catalogue


Voices Breaking Boundaries Borderlines Vol 2 Publications

BORDERLINES: Volume Two Art Catalogue


Voices Breaking Boundaries Borderlines Vol 3 Publications

BORDERLINES: Volume Three Art Catalogue