Anna Della Subin writes about sleepwalkers, grave worship, imperial Ethiopian court etiquette, visions of the flood, thirteenth-century oculists, occultists, cricket, ritualized mutiny, Dr. Death's childhood, dreams of 9/11, the politics of the afterlife, 300-year naps.
ACCIDENTAL GODS, a history of men inadvertently turned into deities, is forthcoming from Metropolitan Books / Henry Holt in the US and Granta in the UK.
Her work has appeared in the London Review of Books, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Harper’s, BOMB, TANK, The White Review, Granta en español and The Paris Review Daily, among others, as well as in translation in several languages. Her essay NOT DEAD BUT SLEEPING was published in paperback by Triple Canopy in 2017. She has written two introductions for the publishing house New Directions, to the authors Ahmed Bouanani and Albert Cossery, as well as contributed numerous texts to artists' books and projects.
She is a contributing editor at Bidoun, the award-winning publishing and curatorial initiative focused on the Middle East and its diasporas.
Anna Della studied philosophy and classics at the University of Chicago and the history of religion at Harvard Divinity School. In 2014 she was writer-in-residence at Dar Al-Ma'mûn in Marrakech, thanks to the support of the Tamaas foundation.