Rivertown Reading Series Presents a FREE reading and book signing with authors Aisha Sharif and Angela Mitchell. Join us for a great evening of words!
Aisha Sharif is a Cave Canem fellow who resides in Shawnee, Kansas, a suburb that borders Kansas City, Missouri. And in many ways, much of her poetry and nonfiction addresses the politics of “bordering identities.” As an African American Muslim woman originally from the south, her work explores how racial, gender, and religious identities align, separate, and blend. Her poem, “Why I Can Dance Down a Soul Train Line and Still be Muslim” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2015. Aisha’s poetry has also appeared in Rattle, Callaloo, Crab Orchard Review, and Calyx. Her first book of poetry, To Keep From Undressing, will be published in January 2019 by Spark Wheel Press. Aisha earned her MFA in Creative Writing at Indiana University, Bloomington and her BA in English from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. She currently teaches English at Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City, Missouri.
Angela Mitchell’s stories have appeared in Colorado Review, New South, Carve, Midwestern Gothic, storySouth and other journals. Her story, “Animal Lovers,” was awarded Colorado Review’s Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction and given special mention in The Pushcart Prize XXXV; other work has been featured in The Best Small Fictions 2018 (Braddock Avenue Books). She is a past Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and directs a community writing workshop. An eighth generation native of the Ozarks of southern Missouri, she now lives in St. Louis with her husband and sons. Unnatural Habitats & Other Stories (WTAW Press, 2018) is her first book. You can learn more about her at www.angela-mitchell.com.