Ashanti Anderson (she/her) is a Black + Queer + Disabled poet and writer. Her work examines the nuanced intersection of identity and health: how we care for ourselves and how (well) we are cared for; how our identities impact our health; and how our health shapes our identity. Ashanti's writing includes elements of psychology, history, pop culture, and other subtle and not-so subtle factors that influence our physical and mental health. By focusing on resilience, resistance, and autonomy, Ashanti challenges dehumanizing narratives of marginalized folx while still holding oppressive institutions accountable. 

Ashanti received her MFA in Creative Writing and has taught courses and workshops in poetry, zine/comic book creation, and English composition for both teens and adults. Ashanti's complete CV is available upon request.

As a multidisciplinary writer, Ashanti's work has appeared in a variety of print and online publications, ranging from POETRY Magazine to Psychology of Music.  Her short film script, "Study Room," won the Haley's Flight Short Film Script Competition in 2017. In 2018, she was selected by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jericho Brown as the winner of the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Poetry Contest.

When not writing, teaching, or speaking at events, Ashanti is often playing TTRPGs (table-top roleplaying games, such as Dungeons & Dragons) with her friends—or creating her own. Ashanti created Plus Initiative, a multi-game project that uses collaborative storytelling as a tool to explore barriers to health equity. All Plus Initiative games are free to download and play.

Ashanti's debut poetry chapbook, Black Under, is forthcoming with Black Lawrence Press in Fall 2021 as the winner of the Spring 2020 Black River Chapbook Competition.

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