Ashunda Norris

Born and raised in rural Georgia, Ashunda is a Black feminist filmmaker, poet, arkivist and critical scholar. Her creative work centers Black |southern| womxnhood/girlhood, spiritual traditions of the Black South and Black fugitivity. Her most recent cinematic gesture, MINO: A Diasporic Myth is an award winning afro futuristic short currently a part of RED SPRING’S Curating the End of the World Online Exhibition and is archived in North Carolina State’s University Library. The film has screened at several international festivals, 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. A California Arts Council Individual Artist Fellow, Ashunda’s honors include fellowships from Cave Canem, EcoTheo’s Starshine & Clay, 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. Her writing has been featured in or forthcoming in Obsidian, Taint Taint Taint,Root Work Journal, Fence, EcoTheo Review, PANK, Trampoline and other noteworthy literary publications. Ashunda is a Pushcart Prize nominee and one of 15 fellows selected for Haile Gerima’s Liberated Territory MasterClass. A proud alumna of Paine College and Howard University, Ashunda holds MFAs in Poetry and Screenwriting. The artist loves hot water cornbread, playing UNO with her family, the ocean and star Sirius. She lives and works in the city of angels. Learn more at