Born in Pakistan, Akhtar was educated there and in the United States. She received a B.A from Bennington College. In 2003 she received a fellowship to attend the Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
In 2007 the British newspaper The Guardian named her as one of 12 poets to watch.
- The Grimoire of Grimalkin. Cambridge, UK: Salt Publishing, 2007.
- 199 Names of Japanese Trees. Bristol, UK: Shearsman, 2010.
- Sama Ghazal Salaam UK: Poetry and Lyrics Influenced by the Persian, Arabian and Islamic Sufi Writing Traditions (edited by Chris Firth and Gareth Spark). Shutter Books, 2009.
- Infinite Difference: Other poetries by UK women poets (edited by Carrie Etter). Bristol, UK: Shearsman, 2010.
- In Our Own Words: A Generation Defining Itself, Volume 9 (edited by Marlowe Peerse Weaver). MW Enterprises, USA (forthcoming)
- Vallum Magazine: A Journal of International Poetics, "The Pakistan Issue", Canada, 2012.
- Sascha Aurora Akhtar at Amazon.com
- Sascha Aurora Akhtar at Salt Publishing
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