About Me

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ZAINAB ZAHRA SYED is a Writer, Performer & EDUCATOR.

As an internationally touring Pakistani Spoken Word Artist, Zainab has performed & taught workshops at venues in the US, UK, Europe, South Asia and Australia. She has also facilitated workshops on writing as expression, healing and empowerment at the women's prison in Rhode Island, to trauma victims in Pakistan, and currently works with migrants and refugees in Australia. In 2015 she was a finalist in the National Australian Poetry Slam and won the Brown University Slam in 2012. She is also a teaching artist at the Red Room Company and Said Poets Society. In 2017, Zainab joined Performing Lines WA as an Associate Producer.

Zainab is passionate about curating events and facilitating spaces that celebrate creative expression while elevating and inspiring people to become the best versions of themselves. In 2016, she co- founded WORD Ink, launching Pakistan's first poetry slam as well as other workshop & lecture programs creating safe spaces for the youth to respond to the insecurity around them in a non-violent manner. She also co-founded illUMEnate: U+Me For Humanity, a safe space for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people in Australia to celebrate their diversity, commit to change & spread the love through creative expression & critical conversations at events held periodically.

Zainab graduated from Brown University in May 2014 with a degree in Political Science. Her scholarship and poetry focuses on the Middle East and South Asia, with specific attention paid to humanized politics, spiritual cultivation, reclaiming narratives & reimagining communities. Her first full length manuscript weaves the history of the Pakistani Partition with personal narrative in an attempt to reconcile memory and the act of remembering. Her poetry has been published in Recoil Magazine, Peril Magazine, Uneven Floor, Visions Magazine, The Missing Slate, Awaaz and other literary journals at Brown University. 

When not performing, Zainab serves on the People's Climate March & International Women's Day Celebration Steering Committee's and also volunteers with the In Search for Safety & Immigration Detention Monitoring programs at the Australian Red Cross and the Humanitarian Settlement Services at the Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre in Perth, WA. She has worked as a consultant researcher at UWA & NYU. She has also worked in Peshawar, with the Ministry of Change to coordinate the Trauma Counseling, Training, Art Therapy and Media Awareness efforts in the Aftermath of the Army Public School Shooting in 2015 [Read here for more on her work there]. 

Zainab currently lives between Lahore, Pakistan and Perth, Australia and has known home in many other places including Providence, Sana'a, London, Llantwit Major, Bucharest, Lahore & Islamabad. She is A Food & Travel Fanatic and An Always Day Dreamer. 

Keep a lookout for her work with all time best friend, and collaborator Sarah Friedland.