Joshunda Sanders is an author & educator. Her work has appeared in TIME Magazine, Poets & Writers, The New York Times, Oxford American and many other publications. She writes a monthly newsletter about the writing life & books you can subscribe to here. She is the creator & host of a BookTube channel, Black Book Stacks along with a companion Substack newsletter of the same name, which you can subscribe to here.
She has been the recipient of writing residencies, fellowships 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, JusticeWorks, 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 2020, she was a Lead Instructor of a writing course for teenagers as part of the faculty at The School of the New York Times.
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. The next book in the series, A Place of Our Own, is scheduled for publication in 2021.
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.