saiqaSaiQa is the pen name of Saba Waheed. She is an LA-based writer and performer. Her writing has appeared in Hyphen Magazine, SAMAR Magazine and in the anthology SALT (South Asian Literary Thing). She performed for the first time during Teada’s new work series in 2010. She also made a short film, When they started bombing… that weaves together personal narrative and images from news to convey the complex story of the Afghan war, post-9/11 immigrant experience, and the media’s role during wartime. The film received honorable mentioned by the Watson Institute at Brown University. She co-hosts and produces the radio show Flip the Script on KPFK and is co-editor of SAMAR Magazine. By day, she conducts low-wage worker research at the UCLA Labor Center.

SaiQa performed at EVOKE: A New Works Festival Celebrating South Asian Voices, directed by Alison M. De La Cruz. Learn more.