Mehnaz Sahibzada (she/her/hers) was born in Pakistan and raised in Los Angeles. She holds an M.A. in Religious Studies from UC Santa Barbara. Her poetry collection, My Gothic Romance, was published in 2019 by Finishing Line Press. She is currently at work on her first novel, a coming-of-age story set in post-partition Pakistan.
Former PEN America Emerging Voices Fellow in Poetry and select reader in the Newer Poets Los Angeles XVI series, her writing has appeared in numerous publications: Uncanny, On the Run, Ellery Queen, Pedestal, Strange Horizons, and elsewhere.
In 2016, she served as a screener in the Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Awards. In October 2019, she was featured as the poet of the month at Spirituality & Health. A high school English teacher, she lives in southern California.