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Aisha was born and raised in Los Angeles. Her writing about race and current events is often coupled with analysis of art, film and pop culture. She studied English Literature at Carleton College, went on to earn an MA in Cultural Studies and Studio Art from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU, followed by an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Arizona. Her essay collection, The Fluency of Light: Coming of Age in a Theater of Black and White was 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 most recent essay collection, Dreaming of Ramadi in Detroit, was just chosen by Maggie Nelson as the winner of the 1913 Open Prose Contest and will be published in 2017.

Aisha’s essays have been named notable for the Best American Non-Required Reading and Best American Essays anthologies and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. A contributing editor for Guernica: A Magazine of Art & Politics and a staff writer for Autostraddle, her work can be found in The Offing, EcotoneNinth Letter, Identity Theory, Michigan Quarterly Review, Terrain.org, Callaloo, The Southern Review, Sierra Nevada Review, Essay Daily, Tarpaulin Sky, Drunken Boat and Guernica. She has taught or will soon teach at the University of Arizona, Pima Community College, the University of Michigan’s New England Literature Program (NELP), Carleton College and OSU Cascades’ Low-Residency MFA Program. She lives in Tucson.

Photo Credit: Lester Sloan

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