Discipline: Literature – nonfiction

Aisha Sabatini Sloan

Discipline: Literature – nonfiction
Region: Ypsilanti, MI
MacDowell Fellowships: 2024

Aisha is the author of the essay collections The Fluency of Light and Dreaming of Ramadi in Detroit, the book-length essay Borealis, and an image and text collaboration with her photographer father Lester Sloan called Captioning the Archives.

Sabatini Sloan was awarded a Lambda Literary Award for bisexual nonfiction in 2021, and a National Magazine Award for Columns and Commentary in 2020. Her essays can be found in Ecotone, Ninth Letter, Callaloo, Autostraddle, Guernica, The Paris Review, The New York Times, Gulf Coast, and The Yale Review, among other places.

At MacDowell, Sabatini Sloan completed collages, conducted research, and worked on a nonfiction book about art slated to be published by Graywolf Press.

Portrait by Hannah Ensor



Aisha Sabatini Sloan worked in the Sprague-Smith studio.

In January of 1976, the original Sprague-Smith Studio — built in 1915–1916 and funded by music students of Mrs. Charles Sprague-Smith of the Veltin School — was destroyed by fire. Redesigned by William Gnade, Sr., a Peterborough builder, the fieldstone structure was rebuilt the same year from the foundation up, reusing the original fieldstone. A few…

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