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Seher Hashmi


First Language(s): Urdu, Punjabi
Second Language(s): English


Seher Hashmi is a poet/satirist/spoken word artist of Pakistani origin based in Bahrain. Her debut anthology “Othered” unfurls the tangles of existence within the margins of class, colour and creed. Her poems have appeared in The Poetry Place, The Poet, Muslim World Today, The Sunflower Collective, etc. Find her on Instagram @midnitemusings and linktr.ee/SeherHashmy.


What was your favorite book as a child?

I was a huge fan of The Famous Five by Enid Blyton and many detective squad series in Urdu language which me and my cousins read over the summer vacations. A big book of classic fairy tales with colorful illustrations and glossy pictures depicting intricate designs of ball gowns and other lovely costumes remained an all-time delight for me.

Do you remember the original reason or motivation why you started writing creatively?

It was my mother, a poet herself, whose writings inspired me to write and read. Initially, just to jot down whatever upsets me as a tween, later on, in the forms of poems affording me a more effective medium to say what loses its strength in oral discourse.

What was the most adventurous or thrilling thing you ever did/experienced?

It was an off-road drive in a desert safari which knocked the wind out of me every time the jeep careened on its two wheels while kicking up a sand cloud masking the windshield completely. With vision blinded and rude jerks upon several dunes, it felt as if I was riding an untamed stallion. It was full-throttle fun.

Do you listen to music while reading or writing?

I have a deep connection with music and owe many of my poems to singers/songwriters. However, it always acts as prelude to writing. I don't play music while reading or writing, I feel fully engrossed and immersed in the process and like to stay focused on it.

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Land Steiermark: Kultur, Europa, Außenbeziehungen
U.S. Embassy Vienna
Stadt Graz