Aisha Sasha John
Aisha Sasha John is a dancer, choreographer and the author of the Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted collection I have to live. (McClelland and Stewart 2017). Her solo performance the aisha of is premiered at the Whitney Museum in 2017, and had its Canadian premiere at Montréal, arts interculturels (MAI) in April 2018. In addition to her solo work, she choreographed, performed and curated as a member of the collective WIVES from 2015–2017. Aisha's other books include The Shining Material (BookThug 2011) and THOU(BookThug 2014)—finalist for both the Trillium and Relit Book Awards. In 2017, Aisha’s video work was commissioned by Art Metropole as part of Let’s understand what it means to be here (together), a week-long public art residency during which Aisha and four collaborators made performances in Toronto Union Station’s west wing. Aisha has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph, a BA in African Studies from the University of Toronto, and training in various Congolese, Ethiopian, and Caribbean dances as well as Western contemporary improvisation techniques.