Aisha Sabatini Sloan: Dreaming of Ramadi in Detroit

Thursday, April 11, 2024 - 6:30pm

Literati is pleased to welcome back author and U of M professor Aisha Sabatini Sloan, in celebration of the release of Dreaming of Ramadi in Detroit. She'll be joined in conversation by Divya Victor. 

Dreaming of Ramadi in Detroit

About the Book: An electric essay collection about Blackness, art, and dreaming of new possibilities in a time of constriction.

This collection of innovative, penetrating, and lively essays features swimming pools and poets, road trips and museums, family dinners and celebrity sightings. In a voice that is at once piercing, mournful, and slyly comic, Aisha Sabatini Sloan inhabits several roles: she is an art enthusiast in Los Angeles during a city-wide manhunt; a daughter on a road trip with her father; a professor playing with puppets in the wilds of Vermont; an interloper on a police ride-along in Detroit; a collector of the dreams of scientists at a biostation. As she watches cell phone video recordings of murder and is haunted in her sleep by the news, she reflects on her formative experiences with aesthetic and spiritual discovery, troubling those places where Blackness has been conflated with death.

Sabatini Sloan's lively style is perfectly suited to the way she circles a subject or an idea before cinching it tight. The curiosity that guides each essay, focusing on the period between the 2016 election and the onset of the pandemic, is rooted in the supposition that there is an intrinsic relationship between the way we conceptualize darkness and our collective opportunity for awakening.

Aisha Sabatini Sloan is the author of The Fluency of LightBorealis, and Captioning the Archives. Her work has appeared in Guernica, the Paris Review, and the New York Times, among other places, and she teaches at the University of Michigan

Divya Victor is the author of CURB (Nightboat Books, 2021), winner of the 2022 PEN Open Book Award and the 2022 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. In addition, CURB was a finalist for the 2022 CLMP Firecracker Award in Poetry. She is currently an associate professor of English and writing at Michigan State University, where she directs the Creative Writing Program.

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Dreaming of Ramadi in Detroit: Essays By Aisha Sabatini Sloan Cover Image
ISBN: 9781644452714
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Published: Graywolf Press - February 20th, 2024

Borealis By Aisha Sabatini Sloan Cover Image
ISBN: 9781566896191
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Published: Coffee House Press - November 2nd, 2021

Captioning the Archives: (Of the Diaspora - North America) By Aisha Sabatini Sloan (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Lester Sloan (Photographer), Erica Vital-Lazare (Editor) Cover Image
By Aisha Sabatini Sloan (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Lester Sloan (Photographer), Erica Vital-Lazare (Editor)
ISBN: 9781952119156
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Published: McSweeney's - November 16th, 2021