Sascha A Akhtar

Sascha A Akhtar
Sascha A Akhtar’s poetry has been widely anthologised, translated and performed internationally at festivals such as the Poetry International Festival Rotterdam, Avantgarde Festival Hamburg and Southbank Centre’s MELTDOWN festival London curated by Yoko Ono. Akhtar has been part of poetry protests – Against Rape and Solidarity Park Poetry. Her poetry collections are The Grimoire of Grimalkin, 199 Japanese Names for Japanese Trees and poems as a Tarot pack, entitled Only Dying Sparkles with original art by John Alexander Arnold, The Whimsy of Dank Ju-Ju, a poeto-documentation of claircognizance with astrological charts and another full-length collection #LoveLikeBlood. Poems from #LoveLikeBlood were part of the Blackpool illuminations in 2019 and the poem Poems For Eliot was named the number one poem of the last five years in Poetry Wales 2019. Her Art/object deck of poems with drawings on ZimZalla entitled Only Dying Sparkles was featured on the Southbank Poetry Library acquisitions and at the University of Leeds Poetry by Design Exhibit. Akhtar is also the author of a collection of much-touted short fictions set in Pakistan, Of Necessity And Wanting. The book is an honest and objective look at class, privilege, women's lack of rights, colourism, and infrastructure in Pakistan. In addition, a book of translations from Urdu of pioneering feminist fiction writer Hijab Imtiaz is forthcoming in 2022. Akhtar's fiction and translated works from Urdu have appeared in Words Without Borders and The Fortnightly Review among others. She is a Poetry School London tutor and works with the Stephen Spender Trust UK promoting the Urdu language in primary schools. In 2021, she judged the Urdu Spotlight Prize for the Trust.