Ashanti creates
to challenge systems in the way of individual & collective healing.


Ashanti Anderson (any pronouns), who also goes by the name Shan (pronounced Shawn), is a Black Queer Disabled writer and a 2023 National Endowment for the Arts fellow. Shan is the author of Black Under, which won the Spring 2020 Black River Chapbook Competition at Black Lawrence Press. A two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Shan's poems have appeared in POETRY magazine, World Literature Today, and elsewhere. Shan's other published and produced works include essays, stage plays, screenplays, and tabletop roleplaying games (TTRPGs).Contact: ashanticreates[at]gmail[dot]comRepresentation: Nanda Dyssou at Coriolis Company


Black Under Cover by Mariah Quintanilla

Poems by Ashanti Anderson

Winner of the Spring 2020 Black River Chapbook Competition

Black Under layers outward perception with internal truth to offer an almost-telescopic examination of the redundancies—and incongruences—of marginalization and hypervisibility... In these pages, declarations are reclamations, and joy is not an aspiration but a birthright.

Praise for Black Under:

"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
"Anderson is a fierce storyteller, unamking and recreating images, shifting what language can do—will do."
—Luther Hughes, founder of Shade Literary Arts

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My Ancestors Who Learned to Read by Staring at the Bible, in Limp Wristsister, pick which battle to win when you choose to lose the war, in The RumpusSlave Ship Haibun; Acrostic for my Last Breaths, in Jet Fuel ReviewSelf-Portrait in Blackface; Self-Portrait as Overseer; Resignation, in Tupelo QuarterlySelf-Portrait as Kendrick Lamar, Laughing to the Bank, in PoetryIf, in World Literature TodayOde to Black Skin, in Poetry (audio available)Cleaning Up Men's Messes; Mamie Till on Carolyn Bryant's Confession, in Foothill JournalGoddam, in Really SystemTeach Me to Float, in Panoply


Coming Soon.


Study Room (2018)

Short Film | Credit: Writer

Winner of the 2018 Haley's Flight Page-to-Screen Short Film Competition. A young woman races against the clock to finish her term paper on time while being harassed by annoying classmates.

Bleak Magic (2021)

One Act Play | Credit: Writer

When a conjure woman perfects a potion for "Black power", she uncovers the nefarious desires of her clients. Contact for full script.


Come At They Necks

Kick a** — and look good while doing it: a combat-heavy tabletop roleplaying game about vampires.

Be My Neighbor

Help your neighbor (without calling the police): a For The Queen-style collaborative storytelling game.

Discomfort Food

A GM-less one-page TTRPG about food insecurity for up to an unlimited number of players.


I have over twelve years' experience writing in various disciplines, including grant writing, academic writing, and professional writing. I also have served as a writing instructor for a combined three years. Writing is my life's work and I'm happy to assist you with your next writing project.


I will coach you through the process of writing your admissions essay or personal statement for college, medical school, graduate school, or post-graduate education. Includes discovery sessions and personalized feedback.



Whether applying for a specific position or making general updates, I will provide feedback on your resume, cover letter, or CV, including helpful tips you can apply to future iterations. Written or verbal feedback available, depending on your preference.

Up to 2 pages


From researching grant opportunities to creating a submission timeline to editing or writing grant proposals, I will assist you with the grant seeking process. I have secured individual and institutional local, state-level, and federal grants.



As a multi-genre writer, I offer developmental feedback, line edits, and accountability and coaching on poetry, prose, script, gaming, and academic projects. I can also help you navigate the process of querying and getting your work published.


"Through extensive feedback and thought-provoking questions, Shan helped highlight the qualities I wanted to convey. Shan handled complex situations with integrity and helped me find purpose in my obstacles. In finalizing my personal statement, it became clear that a fellowship was my destined path. I am delighted to report that I successfully matched with my preferred fellowship program."
- Dr. M. Hendandez, Laredo Family Medicine
"Shan started working with us when we had just three weeks to get the grant in.
I told them what I needed, they wrote it, and we were awarded a half a million dollar grant."

- K. Davis, Market Umbrella