Aisha earned an MA in Cultural Studies and Studio Art from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU, and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Arizona. A contributing editor for Guernica: A Magazine of Art & Politics and a staff writer for Autostraddle, her writing has been published in The Offing, Ecotone, Ninth Letter, Identity Theory, Michigan Quarterly Review, Terrain.org, Callaloo, The Southern Review, Sierra Nevada Review, Essay Daily, Tarpaulin Sky, Drunken Boat and Guernica.
Her essay collection, The Fluency of Light: Coming of Age in a Theater of Black and White was chosen as a finalist for the 1913 First Book Contest in 2011, and published by the University of Iowa Press in 2013. In 2014, she was a finalist for the inaugural Write-A-House contest in Detroit, and in 2015 she was a nonfiction finalist for the Disquiet Literary Prize. Her essays have been named notable for the Best American Non-Required Reading and Best American Essays anthologies and nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
She has taught courses in composition, literature and creative writing for the University of Arizona, Pima Community College, the University of Michigan’s New England Literature Program (NELP), and Carleton College.
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