Black Under layers outward perception with internal truth to offer an almost-telescopic examination of the redundancies—and incongruences—of marginalization and hypervisibility. Anderson torques the contradictions of oppression, giving her speakers the breathing room to discover their own agency. In these pages, declarations are reclamations, and joy is not an aspiration but a birthright.
Ashanti’s debut short poetry collection, Black Under, is available now.
Ashanti Anderson (she/her) is a Black Queer Disabled poet, screenwriter, and playwright. No matter the genre, Ashanti challenges dehumanizing narratives while still holding oppressive institutions accountable.
Ashanti holds an MFA in Creative Writing and currently serves as interim Reading Resource Center Coordinator at her alma mater, Xavier University of Louisiana. In this role, Ashanti works to bridge the gap between high school curriculum and college rigor. She also frequently collaborates with organizations to conduct research and create educational programming that promotes the inclusion and health of marginalized populations. Ashanti's past consulting experience includes helping to build literacy programs, secure funding, advise on publications, and develop curriculum. Click here to learn more about Ashanti's work as an educational consultant.
sister, pick…, The Rumpus
Two Poems, Jet Fuel Review
Three Poems, Tupelo Quarterly
Self-Portrait as Kendrick Lamar, Laughing to the Bank, POETRY Magazine In Portuguese
If, World Literature Today (2019)
Two Poems, Crab Fat Magazine (2017)
Goddam, Really System (2017)
Teach Me to Float, Panoply (2016)
Deep Nostalgia, Container (2021)
The Black Women in ‘Joker’ Have Something to Say, Medium (2019)
One-Act | Dark Comedy | 20 pp.
When a conjure woman perfects a potion for “Black magic,” she uncovers the nefarious desires of her clients. Read Excerpt
Short Film | Comedy | 8 min | STATUS: Produced
A young woman races against the clock to finish her term paper on time while being harassed by annoying classmates.