Sara Saleh

Sweatshop Writer

Sara M Saleh is a human rights campaigner, poet, writer, and the daughter of migrants from Palestine, Egypt and Lebanon, living on Gadigal land. Her poems, short stories and essays have been published in English and Arabic in various national and international outlets, including Australian Poetry Journal, Cordite, Meanjin, Overland, Kill Your Darlings, Red Room, Rabbit Poetry, Sweatshop Women, Racism: Stories on Fear, Hate & Bigotry, Making Mirrors, Solid Air: Australian and New Zealand Spoken Word, A Blade of Grass, and Borderless: a transnational anthology of feminist poetry. She has run poetry workshops in countless classrooms, community spaces and festivals across the country, and has performed nationally and internationally.


Sara is co-editor of the 2019 anthology, Arab, Australian, Other: Stories on Race and Identity. She is the first poet to win both the Australian Book Review’s 2021 Peter Porter Poetry Prize and the Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize 2020. She is currently developing her first novel, Songs for the Dead and the Living, as a recipient of the inaugural Affirm Press Mentorship for Sweatshop Writers. Sara sits on the board of national advocacy organisation GetUp! and is a proud Bankstown Poetry Slam ‘Slambassador’.