Asani Charles

The Colony, TX 75056

Author's Bio

Asani Charles, Choctaw/Chickasaw/African American, begins her days with the ringing of a school bell. A secondary English teacher, she enjoys teaching Post Modernism and Multicultural Literature. After a lifetime in their native Southern California, Asani and her family moved to country Mesquite, Texas, where she spends her weekends listening to American Indian radio and hunting for local powwows to dance Women’s Southern Cloth. Her poetry has appeared in Yellow Medicine Review, Red Ink Magazine and Ahani; Indigenous American Poetry. She hopes to publish her first novel soon.

Publications and Prizes

Ahani: Indigenous American Poetry reprint
(University of Arizona Press, 2010)
, I Was Indian
(Foothills Publishing, 2009)
, Sing
(University of Arizona Press, 2011)
Red Ink Magazine, To Topos, Yellow Medicine Review,

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
Omeros by Derek Walcott

More Information

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Gives readings: 
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Identifies as: 
African American, Mixed Race, Native American
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Fluent in: 
English, Spanish
Born in: 
San Francisco
Raised in: 
Los Angeles, CA
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Last updated: Nov 11, 2015