Award Winners / Artist Profile

About the Artist

Anastacia-Renee (Seattle) is a multi-genre writer, interdisciplinary artist, and creative writing and poetry workshop facilitator. She is the 2018-2019 Seattle Civic Poet and former 2015-2017 Poet-in-Residence at Hugo House.

A Cave Canem fellow, Anastacia-Renee has received fellowships and residencies from Hedgebrook, VONA, Artist Trust, Jack Straw, Ragdale, and Mineral School. Anastacia-Renee, a TedX speaker and Pushcart Nominee, is the author of five books: Forget It (Black Radish Books), (v.), (Gramma Press) 26, (Dancing Girl Press), Kiss Me Doll Face (Gramma Press) and Answer (Me) (Argus Press). Her writing has appeared in: Ms. Magazine, The Fight and the Fiddle, Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism, Sinister Wisdom: Black Lesbians—We Are the Revolution, Revise the Psalm, Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks, Split this Rock, Painted Bride Quarterly, Seattle Review, Bone Bouquet, Duende, The Magazine of Glamorous Refusal, Torch, Bayou, Berkley Poetry Review, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, and many more.

Information included above was provided by artist at the time of application.
From the Artist

After being notified I thought: My ancestors -- and elders -- fought for the basic right to be treated as (human), and equal. My heart fills up with limitless gratitude when realizing I've been chosen. This award not only positively impacts me but my children who consistently acknowledge and support "Moms creative self." Currently, I am working on two manuscripts. One manuscript in particular, centers around Audre Lorde and Octavia Butler in conversation with each other and me in conversation with them (through poetry and prose). This incredible grant will give me the opportunity to complete these projects.

My attitude of gratitude deepens everyday as I celebrate this gift and I hope that the new work I put out into the world will be a catalyst for other writers yelling out their voices into the universe. Many thanks to Artist Trust, the Raynier Institute & Foundation, and The Frye Museum for selecting me.

Anastacia-Renee Tolbert