Reading: Ladan Osman's Exiles of Eden

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 6:00pm
Milkweed Books
1011 Washington Ave S
Target Performance Hall | Open Books, 2nd Floor
Minneapolis, MN 55415
United States

Free and all are welcome. 


Join us in the Target Performance Hall for a reading with poet Ladan Osman, author of Exiles of Eden.  

Exiles of Eden (Coffee House Press, 2019):
Poems steeped in the Somali tradition refract the streets of Ferguson, the halls of Guantánamo, and the fields near Abu Ghraib through the myth of Adam and Eve to ask: What does it mean to be a refugee?

Exiles of Eden looks at the origin story of Adam, Eve, and their exile from the Garden of Eden, exploring displacement and alienation from its mythological origins to the present. In this formally experimental collection steeped in Somali narrative tradition, Osman gives voice to the experiences and traumas of displaced people over multiple generations. The characters in these poems encounter exile’s strangeness while processing the profoundly isolating experience of knowing that that once you are sent out of Eden, you can’t go back.

Somali-born poet and essayist Ladan Osman is the author of The Kitchen-Dweller’s Testimony (University of Nebraska Press 2015), winner of the Sillerman First Book Prize, and the chapbook Ordinary Heaven, which appeared in the box set Seven New Generation African Poets (Slapering Hol Press 2014).