Saba Vasefi

Saba Vasefi is a multi-award-winning writer, investigative journalist, academic, filmmaker and poet. She writes for The Guardian and is a recipient of the Honorary Brave Rising Star Award for her courageous journalism on the gendered impacts of seeking asylum. She has received the NSW Premier's Multicultural Medal in Art and Culture, The National Council of Women Award for her Doctorate of Philosophy research into documentary filmmaking and exilic feminist cinema as well as Humanitarian Media Award. She was twice a judge for the Sedigheh Dolatabadi Book Prize for the Best Book on Women’s Literature and Issues, as well as for the Ballina Region for Refugees (BR4R) Seeking Asylum Poetry Prize. Saba’s poems have appeared in a variety of journals including Wasafiri Magazine of International Contemporary Writing in the UK, Australian Poetry Journal, Transnational Literature, and Art Gallery NSW. New South Wales Parliament House recognised Saba’s success in directing the Diaspora Symposium–Social Justice Award and commended her ongoing contribution to women’s rights and social justice. Saba's journalistic works also have appeared on the BBC, SBS, BuzzFeed, The Age and Sydney Morning Herald.


Except for my bootlaces that gaze at me captive to one other; except for my hair, which once fell to my waist, is cut above my ears now; except for the knot between my eye- brows which cannot be untangled; …

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