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Ashunda Norris is a multidisciplinary artist born and raised in the heart of rural, red clay Georgia on land once inhabited by the Hitchiti, Miccosukee and Oconee people. She works as a filmmaker, poet, arkivist and critical scholar. Ashunda’s most recent cinematic gesture, MINO: A Disaporic Myth is an award winning short that has screened at several festivals around the world including the British Urban Film Festival, the Berlin Short Film Festival, the Hayti Heritage Film Festival and the Black Film Festival of New Orleans, among several others. MINO is currently a part of RED SPRING’s Curating the End of the World online exhibition and is archived in North Carolina State University’s library. An inaugural Starshine & Clay Fellow, Ashunda’s honors also include fellowships from Cave Canem, the New York State Summer Writer’s Institute and residencies at Dorland Mountain Arts Colony and The Lemon Tree House. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Obsidian, Fence, EcoTheo Review, PANK, Trampoline, La Presa and elsewhere. Ashunda is a proud alumna of Paine College and Howard University. The artist holds MFAs in both Poetry and Screenwriting. Ashunda loves hot water cornbread, the ocean, playing UNO with her family and star Sirius. She lives and works in Los Angeles.