Kyla Pasha is a Pakistani poet, currently pursuing a PhD in the study of Religion in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. She is also founder and managing editor of Chay Magazine: Sex and Sexuality in Pakistan, South Asia and Abroad. Her first book of poems, High Noon and the Body, was published in 2010 by Yoda Press, New Delhi, and she has co-edited Two Loves: Faiz’s Letters from Jail, a volume of the prison letters of the Urdu poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz, which was published in 2011 by Sang-e-Meel Publications, Lahore. She is currently working on her second collection of poems.



Yoni is the Wrong Damn Word, 30/4, GlobalComment, Essay


Love From Gabriel, 12/11, GlobalComment, Poem

Police Crack Down on Protestors, 8/11, SAJA Forum, Essay

These Poems Associate Freely, 25/9, GlobalComment, Poem

Conspiracy Theory, 5/9, GlobalComment, Poem

Sexuality: In Pakistan, the Media take on the ‘She-couple’23/7, SAJA Forum, Article

Tinfoil Love, 14/1, Samar Magazine, Poem


I’m a Poet, I’m a Feminist, and I’m Muslim: An Interview with the Pakistani poet Kyla Pasha, 22/11, English version of Urmila Goel’s interview at

Dost, 1/11, Himal Southasian, Play/Fiction

“I’m a Poet, I’m a Feminist and I’m Muslim: Ein Interview mit der pakistanischen Dichterin Kyla Pasha, 5/10,, Interview by Urmila Goel

I Don’t Know Love, But I Can Swing, 17/9, other|matters, Poem

Pakistan Bans Blogspot, 5/3, Chowk, Essay

Muslim Profanities, 24/2, Chowk, Essay


To Hold Up the Floor, 16/11, Chowk, Poem

Falling In, 21/8, Chowk, Poem

The Leaving Contract, Alhamra Literary Review, 1: Spring 2005, Story excerpt


History of the World, 14/8, Chowk, Poem

Guide, 7/7, Chowk, Poem

Ashura: Atonement, Mourning and Return, 2/3, Chowk, Essay

Yom Kippur 5764 and Flight, 21/2, Chowk, Poems


Dost, one-woman show, performed at numerous venues by Ponni Arasu, Delhi.