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Ashunda is a Black feminist multidisciplinary artist with creative work that encompasses film, poetry, archiving and her own theoretical frameworks. Her art is preoccupied with ancestral inheritance, Black womxnhood as a freedom site, futuristic maroon expressions and fugitivity. She has written, directed and produced several films, including her most recent multi-award winning cinematic project, MINO: A Diasporic Myth; now streaming on kweliTV.
A California Arts Council Individual Artist Fellow, Ashunda’s art has been supported by Cave Canem, Torch Literary Arts, the Hurston/Wright Foundation, Community of Writers, Brooklyn Poets and the New York State Summer Writers Institute. She is a two-time Furious Flower Poetry Prize Finalist, a Pushcart Prize nominee and one of 15 filmmakers selected for Haile Gerima’s Liberated Territory MasterClass. Ashunda’s writing has been featured or is forthcoming in Poetry Northwest, Salamander, Gulf Coast, Obsidian, Evergreen Review, Rootwork Journal, Fence and other noteworthy literary publications.
Ashunda was born and raised in the heart of rural, red clay Georgia, on unceded Hichiti, Miccosukee and Oconee territory, 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, obscure cinema and star Sirius. She lives and dreams in Los Angeles.