Monday, July 22, 7pm
Left Bank Books
Left Bank Books presents Cave Canem fellow Aisha Sharif, award winner Wendy J. Fox, and local author and award winner Angela Mitchell.
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, has recently been released 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 and is a wife and a mother of two beautiful girls.
Wendy J. Fox is the author of The Seven Stages of Anger and Other Stories (winner, Press 53 short fiction contest & finalist for the Colorado Book Award), The Pull of It (named a top 2016 book by Displaced Nation) and the forthcoming novel If The Ice Had Held (May, 2019), selected as the Santa Fe Writers Project grand prize winner by Benjamin Percy. She lives in Denver, Colorado.
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. Mitchell directs a community writing workshop and serves as an associate editor for december magazine. 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 is her first book.
This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Unnatural Habitats, If The Ice Had Held, or To Keep From Undressing from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. Order Your Copy Today!
Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.