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.
Ashanti Anderson (She/her) is a Black Queer Disabled poet, screenwriter, and playwright. Focusing on resistance and autonomy, Ashanti challenges dehumanizing narratives while still holding oppressive institutions accountable.
Ashanti holds an MFA in Creative Writing and currently teaches at her alma mater, Xavier University of Louisiana. She also frequently collaborates with organizations to create programming that promotes diversity, inclusion, and minority health. Ashanti's past experience includes developing literacy programs for youth and consulting for literary publications. A complete CV is available upon request.
Ashanti’s debut short poetry collection, Black Under, is available for pre-order now with Black Lawrence Press as the winner of the Spring 2020 Black River Chapbook Competition.
sister, pick…, The Rumpus
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)
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)
One-Act | Dark Comedy | 20 pp. | Written for a virtual platform
When a conjure woman perfects a potion for “Black magic,” she uncovers the nefarious desires of her clients.
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.