Reading Resource Center Coordinator, Xavier University of Louisiana (New Orleans, LA)


    Part-time Faculty, Xavier University of Louisiana (New Orleans, LA)

    English Dept. | Level: Undergraduate

    Courses: English Composition & Rhetoric (Undergraduate)


    Literacy Consultant, Galveston Arts Center (Galveston, TX)

    Level: Grades 6-8

    Course: Zine Workshop

    Teaching Artist, Highland Academy Charter School (Beaumont, CA)

    English-Language Arts | Level: Grades 6-8 

    Courses: Visual Storytelling Workshop; Along the Chaparral Veterans Project

    Teaching Fellow, University of California, Riverside (Riverside, CA)

    Creative Writing Dept. | Level: Undergraduate

    Courses: Poetry Workshop (Undergraduate); Intro to Creative Writing (Undergraduate); Survey of Contemporary Poetry (Undergraduate) 



    Master of Fine Arts, Creative Writing, Poetry concentration June 2018 

    University of California, Riverside (Riverside, CA)


    Bachelor of Science, Psychology, minor in Creative Writing  May 2016

    Xavier University of Louisiana (New Orleans, LA) 


    Crisis Intervention/Psychological First Aid Certification  2020

    Awarded by Johns Hopkins University

    LGBTQAI+ Medical Allyship Training 2019

    Awarded by University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB)


    Poetry Seminar, The Ezra Pound Center for Literature (South Tyrol, Italy)

    Poetry Workshop, VONA/Voices of Our Nation Writing Workshop (Berkeley, CA)


    Poetry (Books)

    Black Under (Spring 2020 Black River Chapbook Competition winner)

    Black Lawrence Press, published September 2021.

    Poetry (Individual)


    “My Ancestor Who Learned to Read by Staring at the Bible”. Limp Wrist.

    “sister, pick which battle to win when you choose to lose the war”. The Rumpus.



    “Slave Ship Haibun” and “Acrostic for my Last Breaths”. Jet Fuel Review, Iss. 20.

    “Self-Portrait in Blackface”, “Self-Portrait as Overseer”, and “Resignation”. Tupelo Quarterly, Issue 22.

    “Self-Portrait as Kendrick Lamar, Laughing to the Bank”. Poetry.



    “If”. World Literature Today. 

    “Ode to Black Skin”. Poetry.


    “Cleaning Up Men’s Messes” and “Mamie Till on Carolyn Bryant’s Confession”. Foothill Journal, Volume 8 (2018).

    "When Asked About Trans Men and Women in Earnest Prayer" and "How to Pronounce the Word 'Black'". Crab Fat (2017).

    “Goddam”. Really System, Issue 13 (2017).

    “Teach Me to Float”. Panoply (2016).

    “Samson” and “The Same Thing”. Furrow, Volume 16 (Spring 2015).

    “Ode to Brown”. Compose (2015).

    Essays, Op-Eds, & Criticism

    Anderson, Ashanti. (2021). “Deep Nostalgia.” Container.

    Anderson, Ashanti (2019). “The Black Women in ‘Joker’ Have Something to Say.” Medium.

    Anderson, Ashanti. (2015). “Justice? We’re Still Fighting for Equality.” Furrow:

    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Undergraduate Literary Magazine.

    Anderson, Ashanti. (2012). “Under the Influence.” Pathways: Xavier University of Louisiana First-Year Student Essays.

    Screenwriting Credits

    Writer, “Study Room.” (2018). Short Film. Produced by Haley’s Flight, LLC.

    Peer-Reviewed Research Articles

    Eskine, K. E., Anderson, A.E., Sullivan, M., and Golob, E. J., (2018). Effects of music

    listening on creative cognition and semantic memory retrieval. Psychology of Music.


    Anderson, A. E. (2014). College Students’ Perceptions of Various Types of Domestic Violence. XULAneXUS.


    Featured Reader, Baby Poets Reading Series  January 31, 2021

    Featured Reader, Wild & Precious Life Poetry Series  August 5, 2020

    Featured Reader, Kingsley & Kate Tufts Awards Poetry Reading   October 12, 2018

    Featured Reader, Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival March 25, 2018

    Co-Coordinator, Writers Resist: Riverside (with PEN America)  January 25, 2018

    Featured Reader, Young Adult Writers Reading  May 1, 2015


    Creative Writing Fellowship - Poetry (2023)

    Awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts


    Change Your Community, Change Your World Grant (2015)

    Awarded by Keds, TMI, and DoSomething.org 

    Keds BraveLife Career Grant (2015)

    Awarded by Keds, TMI, and DoSomething.org


    Winner, Black Lawrence Press Black River Chapbook Competition  2020

    Finalist, Cow Creek Chapbook Competition  2020

    Finalist, Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellowship  2020

    Nominee, Pushcart Prize for “Cleaning Up Men’s Messes”  2019

    Finalist, Foothill Journal Editors Award  2018

    Finalist, Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Awards  2018

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

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

    Nominee, Pushcart Prize for “Ode to Brown”  2016

    Finalist, Truman Capote Literary Trust  2016