Texas Tech University

Sowell Family Collection Hosts Virtual Reading by Aisha Sabatini Sloan

Glenys Young

March 7, 2022

The author will read from her book-length essay, “Borealis.”

Aisha Sabatini Sloan
Aisha Sabatini Sloan

WHAT:  The Sowell Family Collection in Literature, Community & the Natural World at Texas Tech University will host a virtual reading by Aisha Sabatini Sloan.

WHEN:  7 p.m. Thursday (March 10)

WHERE:  Zoom. Registration is available here.

EVENT:  Aisha Sabatini Sloan will read from her book-length essay, “Borealis,” in which she observes shorelines, mountains, bald eagles and Black fellow travelers while feeling menaced by the specter of nature writing. She considers the meaning of open spaces versus enclosed ones and maps out the web of queer relationships that connect her to this quaint Alaskan town.


Sloan earned a master's degree in cultural studies and studio art from New York University and a master's degree in creative nonfiction from the University of Arizona. She is the author of the essay collections “The Fluency of Light” and “Dreaming of Ramadi in Detroit,” and, with her father, “Captioning the Archives: A Conversation in Photographs and Text.”

The recipient of a 2020 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and of a 2021 National Magazine Award, she is an assistant professor of English and creative writing at the University of Michigan.

The event is sponsored by Texas Tech University Libraries, the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library and the Sowell Collection and funded by the Office of the Provost.


CONTACT:  Julie Barnett
Manager, Communications & Marketing, Texas Tech University Libraries, Texas Tech University
(806) 834-0718