Sara Saleh


Change Makers, Creatives

Sara Saleh is an Arab-Australian human rights and refugee advocate, grassroots activist, creative artist and regular media commentator with a decade-long career working with various NGOs including Amnesty International Australia. 

Her belief in the power of storytelling as resistance and as healing has taken her from the refugee camps of Lebanon and occupied Palestine, to performing her poetry nationally and internationally, from Sydney to New York.

Co-founder of the Dubai Poetry Slam and former co-curator of the hugely popular The Dirty Thirty online poetry platform, Sara went on to be the 2015 Australian Poetry Slam NSW State Finalist.  Several of her poetry pieces have been published in the 2013 BPS Poetry Anthology “The Last Conversation”, and the 2014 edition, “On Second Thought”, as well as the first Dirty Thirty Anthology, which she helped co-edited late last year. 

In 2014, she co-write the highly anticipated “My name is Faten”, a coming of age film soon to hit film festivals, and she will be making her theatrical debut in The Cartographer’s Curse at the National Theatre of Parramatta later this year. 

Sara spends her nights at law school, or working on her new social enterprise, ReBOOKS, dedicated to improving refugee literacy in Australia. She was recently named a Board Member of WestWords, a Western Sydney based organisation that fosters art and skills amongst young people, and a Board Member at national advocacy organisation GetUp!. 

Her first poetry collection, Wasting the Milk in the Summer, is expected to be released August 2016. For a copy, please email