BUSHRA REHMAN (1974– ) is a poet, essayist, and fiction writer. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up in Queens. She was educated at the College of New Rochelle, New York; Dominican University of California; and she earned her MFA from Brooklyn College. Her family is originally from the North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan but her father and his relatives lost their land and livelihood when the huge Tarbela Dam was built. Her family moved to the United States, returning briefly and unsuccessfully to Pakistan when Rehman was in her teens.
Rehman is a coeditor of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today's Feminism (Seal Press, 2002), and her poetry has been collected in the chapbook Marianna's Beauty Salon (Vagabond Press, 2001). Her work has appeared in ColorLines, Mizna, Curve, SAMAR, Voices of Resistance: Muslim Women on War, Faith and Sexuality (Seal Press, 2006), and Stories of Illness and Healing: Women Write Their Bodies (Kent State University Press, 2007). She has been featured on BBC Radio 4 and in the New York Times and NY Newsday.