Sara Bawany is a clinical social worker, an award-winning published poet, a writer, and a freelance editor based in Austin, TX. Centering her writing around her experience and identity as a Muslim woman while exploring overlapping themes of faith, diaspora, and resistance, she self-published her first book in September 2018, titled “(w)holehearted: a collection of poetry and prose,” which won Daybreak Press Publishing’s “Best Poetry Book” award. She was also selected as a finalist in Button Poetry’s annual chapbook contest and her work has been featured on TEDx, the Muslim Youth Musings literary magazine, Voyage Dallas Magazine, and Brown Girl Magazine. Follow her writings on Instagram at @sara.bawany.
What she’s looking for: I’m interested in work that challenges our concepts of truth, power, and justice and highlights empowerment within marginalized communities. I particularly love work that explores the spiritual subconscious and our ever-evolving lived experiences.
Poets she admires: Kahlil Gibran, Andrea Gibson, Muhammad Iqbal, Clint Smith, Pavana Reddy, Jasmin Kaur, Amal Kassir