Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
Home page: www.ashantiwhite.com
Ashanti L. White is an acclaimed poet, author, photographer, and literary critic. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and African American Studies with a minor in Philosophy. She also attained a Masters in Liberal Studies with a Concentration in World Cultures. She is currently an ACE Scholar to pursue her Masters of Library & Information Systems from UNC-Greensboro.
Her works have appeared in Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters (John Hopkins Press), Mandala Literary Journal (Institute of African American Studies), and The Amistad (Howard University Press) among other publications. The recipient of the Mary J. Hooker Poetry Award, she has performed alongside Oprah Living Legend and Grammy winner, Nikki Giovanni, and been a spotlight guest for CNN Radio. She is currently Senior Writer/Contributing Editor for DV8 Magazine in Atlanta. Her first novel, Chasing Eden, debuted to optimistic reviews. Of her poetry collection, Razor Blades Between My Teeth, Library Journal stated: “Words dance through White’s poems; her voice is vibrant and sharp, loud when it needs to be, soft when it wants to be; ultimately, it is the delightful music of the language itself that drives these poems.” Her second novel, And Somehow We Were Happy, is slated for release in Spring 2010.
She has presented at many cultural and literary festivals, including the Decatur Book Festival in Atlanta, GA, the Gwinnett Reading Festival in Gwinnett County, GA, and the Alpha Phi Alpha District Conferences. Most recently, she featured at the MoSoul Poetry Festival in North Carolina and presented her paper, “Race OR Gender: the Perpetual Conundrum that Plagues African American Women in the Pursuit of Upward Mobility” at the 2009 Conference on African American Culture and Experience (CACE). She also performed at the preconference Literary Café, which also featured Ernest Hill. Visit her site at www.ashantiwhite.com.
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