Upcoming Shows

Australian Poetry Slam: National Final
7:00 pm19:00

Australian Poetry Slam: National Final

  • Sydney Opera House Sydney Australia

The nation's mightiest wordsmiths face-off in this epic finale - part of the Word Travels Story Fest 2015. 

Now celebrating 11 years, Australian Poetry Slam is one of largest and most respected performing writers programs in the world. 

Who will this nationwide search unearth in 2015? What stories will explode in your mind, cause you to run onto stage, pump your fist and shout, "Hell yeah! Me too!"

The winner will get the chance to perform their own words at the China Bookworm, Ubud, Byron and Sydney International Readers' and Writers’ Festivals in 2016.


Book tickets:

Drones, Desis and Diaspora
6:30 pm18:30

Drones, Desis and Diaspora


"I no longer love blue skies. In fact, I now prefer grey skies. The drones do not fly when the skies are grey.” This was a statement made by 13 year old Zubair whose sister Nabeela was injured in a drone strike in North Waziristan. When countless incidents like this happen, how do we, as a diaspora, articulate a sense of indignation? 

Despite being historically displaced as the diaspora, in what way can we express, navigate and channel our frustrations at the violence enacted upon those who exist in a reality that we can struggle to imagine. 

This evening of poetry and discussion with Zainab Zahra Syed will attempt to examine these difficult questions. Zainab Zahra Syed, a Pakistani activist and spoken word poet, has worked as a poetry workshop facilitator at the women’s prisons in Rhode Island and performed at poetry venues in the US, Pakistan and Australia. Her scholarship and poetry focuses on the Middle East and South Asia, with specific attention paid to humanized politics.

"When sky brightens, drones return and we live in fear," says Zubair, despite being thousands of miles away, we hope to express solidarity with human beings who share the same sky as us and ultimately, the same home. 

All Children of Adam are members of a single body,

For at the moment of creation they were made of a single substance,

If fate were to cause pain for a single mother,

All other members would become restless because of this pain.

Sa’adi Shirazi


7:30 pm19:30


  • 112 W 27th St, Suite 600 New York, NY

SAWCC is continuing its signature salon-style meetings for creative South Asian women. These meetings are a space for nurturing our community and the informal sharing of creative projects or works-in-progress. This is our space to get up close and personal with fellow creative women and share our multi-disciplinary artistic visions and processes. If you are interested in presenting at a future salon event, please contact us via: salon@sawcc.org.

The salon is open to South Asian women (artists, creative professionals and arts enthusiasts).

$5 suggested donation

Hand me downs (or the heirlooms i inherited)
1:00 pm13:00

Hand me downs (or the heirlooms i inherited)

  • Bowery Poetry Club

When you have inherited heirlooms that reek of blood, you must find forms of expression within yourself to understand what it means to survive on the edge of conflict. The show will feature stories from Zainab Zahra Syed, and guest poets. During the journey, feel free to latch onto anyone you have loved. Alas, love and loss are imminent encounters, if not already within us.

TICKETS: $10 online, $15 at the door

Mother Tongue, Ft Zainab Z Syed and Lana Woolf
May 11

Mother Tongue, Ft Zainab Z Syed and Lana Woolf

  • 385-393 Smith St Fitzroy, VIC, 3065 Australia

Physically Natural Studio, Fitzroy. ALTHOUGH the address says Smith Street the entrance is actually just round the corner on KERR STREET.

Doors open 7:30pm
Performance 8pm-11pm

all genders welcome
ENTRY: $15 CONS: $12
Open mic performers get in free.

Chai and Yummies available (vegan) 
BYO Cushion

For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/536984479775525/