Zainab Zahra Syed


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, Zainab 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 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.

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