• Hi, I'm Ashanti and I'm a cultural worker!

    I write poems, plays, and essays centered around Black history and culture. My debut short poetry collection, Black Under, won the Spring 2020 Black River Chapbook Competition and my work has appeared in The Rumpus, POETRY, Container, and elsewhere. I also:

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    Representaton: Coriolis Company

    Twitter/Instagram: @ashanticreates

    Email: ashanticreates [at] gmail [dot] com

  • Cover Art: "Untitled" by Mariah Quintanilla | IG: @mariah_quintanilla


    Poems by Ashanti Anderson

    Black River Chapbook Competition Winner

    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.


    Read reviews of Black Under in Tupelo Quarterly and MADDBLACKREADS.


    Help spread the word - Request Black Under at your favorite bookstore or library.


  • Study Room (2018)

    Credit: Writer

    Winner of the 2018 Haley's Flight Page to Screen Short Film Competition

    A young woman races against the clock to finish her term paper on time while being harassed by annoying classmates.

    Bleak Magic (2021)

    Credit: Writer

    When a conjure woman perfects a potion for “Black power,” she uncovers the nefarious desires of her clients.

    Click here to read a sample of Bleak Magic.

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