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Ashunda Norris is a spiritual being whose soul path was disrupted by the arrival of non-Africans upon her Ancestors’ earth land. In this time sphere of space, she was born and raised in Dublin, Georgia and works as a filmmaker, poet, critical scholar and teacher. Using film, experimental techniques and poetry, Ashunda seeks to explore Black feminism as lived praxis, intraracial gender dynamics, sexuality, body/mind/spirit autonomy and myth as a form of healing. Ashunda’s film work has screened nationally and internationally including Kampala, Uganda and Nairobi, Kenya. Her narrative film Soft Times received Best Short Film and Best Lead Actress nominations at the Las Vegas Black Film Festival. Ashunda’s most recent cinema project Mino: A Diasporic Myth is currently on the film festival circuit.
Ashunda’s poetry and writing has appeared or is forthcoming in La Presa, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, Bayou Magazine, Adroit Journal, Huffington Post, The Rush Magazine and elsewhere. She is a proud alumna of Howard University and Paine College where she studied both African American and Caribbean Literature. The artist holds MFAs in Poetry and Screenwriting from Mount Saint Mary’s University and Fairleigh Dickinson University. Ashunda’s honors include fellowships from Cave Canem, the New York State Summer Writer’s Institute and a residency at The Lemon Tree House. When she’s not creating art or teaching Black and Brown teens to love the whole of themselves, Ashunda can be found traveling the world, in a theatre digging through a purse full of snacks or with a book in her face. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles.