Hikayat: Freedom Stories

8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 @ AANM 

$10 Museum Members | $12 students/seniors | $15 general public


Celebrate Black History Month with the return of AANM's Hikayat storytelling series, in a special edition presented in collaboration with The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers (TSSOTS) and ACCESS' Campaign to TAKE ON HATE. With coaching from Satori Shakoor – TSSOTS producer, curator and host – storytellers will give live performances of compelling personal stories of freedom in its many forms.

AANM's Hikayat series presents evenings of live storytelling, networking and culture. Laugh, cry, and get lost in the intimate stories as storytellers share their personal experiences centered around specific themes. 

Satori Shakoor is a former Bride of Funkenstein, artist, storyteller, and social entrepreneur who hosts The Moth Story Slam in Ann Arbor and WDET's Twisted Storytellers podcast. Shakoor is the founder, producer, curator, and host of The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers and Executive Director of its parent non-profit, The Society for the Re-Institutionalization of Storytelling. In 2017, Shakoor was named a Kresge Literary Arts Fellow.


Ali Al-Arithy, a Detroit resident who is working on a master’s degree in creative writing while employed as an elementary school teacher and reading interventionist.

Mariam Noor of Detroit is a liberal arts major working on a master’s degree who is passionate about community building and organizing.

Nicole Denson, a Detroit resident who directs advocacy services at the WC SAFE Program, among the most successful and largest stand-alone sexual assault program in Michigan.

Shahad Atiya is an immigration and criminal defense attorney who was born in Baghdad, Iraq, and resides in Detroit.

Tuyishime Claire Gasamagera is an Allen Park-based writer, genocide and AIDS survivor, and co-founder of ARISE (Association of Refugees Immigrants and Survivors of Human Trafficking Engage).

The event will feature live music by Leafar, a multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and masterful creative improvisational performer from Detroit whose work is inspired by jazz icon John Coltrane. Joining Leafar are two of the most respected musicians on the Detroit scene: drummer Djallo Djakate and bassist Josef Deas, both seasoned masters of their craft and ardent students of the full range of jazz history and beyond.

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