• "It is rare to see such work as Ashanti Anderson’s Black Under dive so deeply, head-first and unflinching, into history..."

    Luther Hughes

    founder of Shade Literary Arts

    "Black Under defies strict categorization, save for the fact that it is altogether excellent."

    Marcus Wicker

    author of Silencer and Maybe the Saddest Thing

    "Witness Anderson’s haunting and marvelous skill."

    Kay Ulanday Barrett

    cultural strategist and author of More Than Organs, a 2021 Stonewall Honor Award Book

    "I’ve read these poems again and again, and every time I leave like—it’s we time."

    Sara Borjas

    author of Heart Like a Window, Mouth Like a Clif

    "These perils leave the audience with a similar, though vicarious, notion and call upon us to do better by ourselves, for others..."

    Allison Adelle Hedge Coke

    author of Look at This Blue

    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.

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


    In Tupelo Quarterly

    MADDBLACKREADS review of Black Under


    Uncorked Poetry w/ Tamora Israel

    Empathy | Affirmation on Planet Poetry

    Episode 121 on Writers Drinking Coffee


    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

    My Ancestor Who Learned to Read by Staring at The Bible, Limp Wrist



    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)

    Ode to Black Skin, POETRY Magazine (2019) Audio | In Portuguese

    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)




    Writer, Bleak Magic (2021)
    Commissioned by Blacklight Arts Collective

    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



    Screenwriter, Study Room (2018)

    Winner of the 2017 Haley’s Flight Short Film Competition

    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.


    To book Ashanti for a reading, appearance, workshop, or interview, please contact Nanda Dyssou (nanda [at] corioliscompany.com).

    For everything else, use this form.