Mehnaz Sahibzada was born in Pakistan and raised in Los Angeles. She holds an M.A. in Religious Studies from UC Santa Barbara, and she is a 2009 PEN America Emerging Voices Fellow in Poetry. In 2011 she was a select reader in the Newer Poets Los Angeles XVI poetry reading.
Her poetry and fiction have appeared in Liminality, Moira, The Literary Hatchet, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Pedestal Magazine, Desilit, 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.
Her first full-length collection, My Gothic Romance, was published in April 2019 by Finishing Line Press. A high school English teacher, she lives in southern California and is currently at work on her first novel, a coming of age story set in post-partition Pakistan/India.