Is it a poem or an essay? A film review or a personal history? A conversation about hybridity is coming to a city near you! For their upcoming summer book tour, hi/bird, University of Iowa Press authors Arianne Zwartjes and Aisha Sabatini Sloan will be conducting a series of readings to spread the word about their recent essay collections.


After doing her MFA in poetry at the University of Arizona and teaching English and creative writing there for six years, Arianne Zwartjes is now in northern New Mexico serving as the director of the wilderness program at the United World College. She won the 2011 Gulf Coast prize for nonfiction, and her poetry and prose have appeared in Ninth Letter, No Tell Motel, Terrain, Cue and Front Porch. The University of Iowa Press published her essay collection Detailing Trauma: A Poetic Anatomy in the fall of 2012. Her previous works include Disem(body)The Surfacing of Excess, and (Stitched) A Surface Opens: Essays.



Aisha Sabatini Sloan earned an MFA in Nonfiction from the University of Arizona, and an MA in Cultural Studies and Studio Art from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Her essays have been named notable for the Best American Essays and Best American Non-required Reading anthologies of 2011, nominated for a Pushcart prize, and published in Ninth Letter, Identity Theory, Michigan Quarterly Review, and The Southern Review. Her first book of essays, The Fluency of Light: Coming of Age in a Theater of Black and White was a finalist for the 1913 First Book contest before being published by the University of Iowa Press in 2013.


For information, contact Aisha at sloanish (at) gmail.com.

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