Reading Coffee, Writing the Future with Levon Kafafian

Two sessions: 1-4 p.m. EDT Saturday, April 3 OR Saturday, April 10, 2021
Reading Coffee, Writing the Future

Online via Zoom
$8 Museum Members, $10 General Public 


A virtual session for exploring the process and magic of reading fortunes from coffee grounds, hosted by past AANM artist-in-residence Levon Kafafian. Together, we’ll walk through the process of making coffee for readings and workshop the ancestral tradition of speculative storytelling. Using images found in the cup as generative writing prompts we will explore potential visions of the future.

What you’ll need:

  • A SWANA coffee pot that can hold at least two cups of water
  • At least one demitasse coffee cup with handle and saucer
  • Sugar, if you prefer it sweet
  • Arabic/Turkish style ground coffee of medium roast (with cardamom or without)
  • A napkin
  • A notebook/paper and writing tools
  • A portable laptop or phone for zoom purposes (we will be moving from kitchen to writing desk)
  • A well-lit place to read and write


Presented in conjunction with a special edition of the Yalla Eat! Instagram Takeover Chef Series where Cairo Coffee’s Monica Isaac joins us to demonstrate traditional coffee brewing. Follow along on Tuesday, March 30!


Levon Kafafian (b.1988) tells stories of hybridity, healing and transition, weaving the worlds they envision into tangible objects and ephemeral experiences. Their practice is fluid and playful, employing textile processes to build characters, worlds and scenarios that live beyond modern day borders, gender norms and time. Levon is a weaver, costumer, poet, performer, educator and coffee-reader based in Detroit, MI. They collaborate extensively, create installations and plan/host experiential events. Basically, they’re vers. They hold a BFA in Crafts from the College for Creative Studies and a BA in Anthropology from Wayne State University.

Made possible in part by




Due to the pandemic, we have been closed to the public since March 13, 2020. Closed doors mean that our earned revenue streams have dried up, and corporate funds have been pivoted to assist with COVID-19 relief or for their own financial survival. We are looking forward to the day we can safely reopen, but until then, we need your support.

Your donation today will help us weather this crisis.

  • April 3, 2021 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 1:00 pm