Ashanti Anderson (she/her) is a Black Queer poet, playwright, and screenwriter. In her work, Ashanti engages with various forms of resistance and resilience. She relentlessly seeks to articulate the full capacity of feeling of those who have been Othered, particularly black womxn. Ashanti challenges dehumanizing narratives by highlighting the agency and autonomy of the oppressed.
Ashanti's work has appeared in a variety of print and online publications, including POETRY Magazine, World Literature Today, and Psychology of Music. She was selected by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jericho Brown as the winner of the 2018 Tennessee Williams Festival Poetry Contest. Her short film script, "Study Room," won the Haley's Flight Short Film Script Competition in 2017. Ashanti currently lives in south Texas.
Ashanti's debut poetry chapbook, Black Under, is forthcoming with Black Lawrence Press in Fall 2021.
Ashanti's complete CV is available upon request.