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Ashunda Norris

Ashunda is a multidisciplinary artist who works as a filmmaker, poet, arkivist and critical scholar. She has written, directed and produced several short films, including her most recent multi award-winning cinematic project, MINO: A Disaporic Myth. MINO screened at several festivals internationally including the British Urban Film Festival, the Berlin Short Film Festival and the Black Film Festival of New Orleans. The film is currently a part of RED SPRING’s Curating the End of the World online exhibition and is now archived in North Carolina State University’s library.

An inaugural Starshine & Clay fellow, Ashunda’s honors include fellowships from Cave Canem, Community of Writers Poetry Workshop, the New York State Summer Writers Institute in addition to residencies at Dorland Mountain Arts Colony and The Lemon Tree House in Italy. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee, a recent awardee of the California Arts Council’s Individual Artist Grant and is one of 15 fellows selected for Haile Gerima’s Liberated Territory MasterClass. Ashunda’s writing has been featured or is forthcoming in Obsidian, Taint Taint Taint, Root Work Journal, Fence, EcoTheo Review, PANK, Trampoline and other noteworthy literary publications.

Ashunda was born and raised in the heart of rural, red clay Georgia on land once inhabited by the Hitchiti, Miccosukee and Oconee people and is a proud alumna of Paine College and Howard University. The artist holds MFAs in both Poetry and Screenwriting. A country blk girl at heart, Ashunda loves hot water cornbread, the ocean, playing UNO with her family and star Sirius. She lives and works in Los Angeles.