freelance writer. storyteller. doula. environmental educator.

“…the poet offers us a space to reclaim that freedom, to persist in our own making, in our small exodus, without naming our perpetrators; where, for a moment, we too can feel the cool air wrapped around our Black bodies—and feel free to exhale.” – Mahtem Shifferaw


Ashia (she/they) is a poet and writer born and raised in Denver, CO, unceded territory of the Arapahoe, Cheyenne and Ute peoples. Writing as a queer Black femme, she works to preserve, interrogate and imagine how the Black diaspora has shaped and continues to shape land stewardship in the Western hemisphere. She has been published in Sierra Magazine,  Atlas&Alice Magazine, The Journal, Sage Magazine, Them.us, and The Hopper Literary Magazine, among others. She released her first chapbook, We Bleed Like Mango, in October of 2017.

Ashia Ajani – “My Kin”

Bay Poets Unite!

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