Joshunda Sanders is an artist, writer & educator. Her work has appeared in TIME Magazine, Kirkus Reviews, Backstage, The New York Times, the Village Voice, the Bellevue Literary Review, Teen Vogue, Buzzfeed, Salon, Next City, Publishers Weekly, Bitch Magazine, Gawker, The Week, The UTNE Reader, on NPR and in dozens of anthologies, newspapers, magazines, websites, textbooks and encyclopedias. She writes a quarterly-ish newsletter about the writing life & books you can subscribe to here.
She has been the recipient of writing residencies, scholarships or awards from the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing, Lambda Literary, Bronx Council on the Arts, Hedgebrook, VONA and the Key West Literary Seminars. In 2018, she was awarded the competitive Bronx Recognizes Its Own (BRIO) Award for excellence in fiction. She has been a speaker at Princeton, NYCPride’s Human Rights Conference, South by Southwest Interactive, Bard and Old Dominion University. She has taught writing and journalism at the University of Texas Austin and The New School.
In Summer 2019, her first book in a children’s book series, I Can Write The World, featuring Ava Murray, a Black girl journalist from the Bronx, was published by Six Foot Press. She also presented “Content is a Dirty Word: Rebranding Creatives” at SXSW Interactive and as part of the Black Books Matter panel at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in Bologna, Italy.
She proudly sits on the Junior Board for the New York Common Pantry and the advisory board for ABC-CLIO’s African American Experience database.
Her previous publications include How Racism and Sexism Killed Traditional Media: Why the Future of Journalism Depends on Women and People of Color and a memoir, The Beautiful Darkness: A Handbook for Orphans. She is represented by the Serendipity Literary Agency.