Ashanti Anderson (she/her) is a multidisciplinary artist and award-winning writer. Ashanti's work centers the mental and emotional wellbeing of minorities and marginalized folks. 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's work has appeared in a variety of print and online publications, including PoetryWorld Literature Today, and Psychology of Music. Ashanti currently lives in south Texas and is working on her debut poetry collection.

awards & honors

Finalist, Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing Fellowship, Poetry (2020)

Finalist, Rona Jaffe Writers Awards (2018)

Finalist, Foothill journal Editor's Prize

Nominee, Pushcart Prize (2018) 

Winner, Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Poetry Contest (2018)

Winner, Haley’s Flight, LLC Page-to-Screen Short Film Competition (2017)


featured performances

UPCOMINGWild & Precious Life Poetry Series @ Online/Zoom (August 5, 2020)

Kingsley & Kate tufts Awards Poetry Reading @ Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, CA (October 12, 2018)

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival @ Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, LA (March 25, 2018)

Young Adult Writers Reading @ Boswell Books in Milwaukee, WI (May 1, 2015)


selected press

Dois poemas de Ashanti Anderson, translated by Ricardo Escudeiro

Episode 14: Bare Poems, The Sugar and Dread Podcast

How to write a poem, The Creative Independent

The Making of Study Room



*co-authored or collaborative publication

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