My Work

“Truly one of the best conversations I’ve ever had about my own work happen with Ashia Ajani” – Phillip B. Williams, author of Mutiny


Just Buffalo Literary Center Poetry Fellowship 2022

Sonder Press Best Small Fictions Anthology 2022 “Chromatic”

Milkweed Learning Hub 2022 Chrysalis Institute Cohort

Sundress Publications Best of Net Nomination (2021), Exposition Review and Hennepin Review

The Watering Hole Fellowship (2021)

Climate Activism Residency at UC Berkeley’s Poetry for the People (2020). Commissioned to write about the climate crisis and develop a body of work addressing the intersection of social issues with climate issues. 

Tin House Environmental Writing Fall Residency (Fall 2020). Awarded a stipend to facilitate completion of collection of Black Eco-poetry 

Sundress Publications Best of Net Nomination (2018), The Hopper Literary Magazine and Atlas & Alice Magazine 



Ajani, Ashia. “NamelessLumiere Review. Issue 07; December 2021.

meditations on sweetness and other fruitsThimble Literary Magazine; Vol 4, No. 3. December 2021.

ChromaticHennepin Review. November Issue; 2021.

“Accessing Excess” Blackbird Press News & Review. 2021.

when black people say “I’mma pray for you,” that is the prayer.Exposition Review Vol. V. 2021

Collards.” Frontier Poetry. 2020.

Durag.” Southern Humanities Review 2020 Auburn Witness Poetry Prize. Issue 53.3  

Undone, The Plug Won’t, Nameless.ClavMag. 2020; Issue 6. 

Running.World Literature Today, Black Voices. 2020 

“Ode to Left Eye.” already felt. 2020; Vol. 1 

“Landfill.” Foglifter Press. 2020; Volume 5, Issue 1: 32.

“Will You Understand It.” Santa Ana River Review. 2020; Volume 5, Issue 1. 

“The Houses I Grew Up In.” Brushfire Literature and Arts. Fall 2018. 


Ajani, Ashia. “Hatching #Blackbirders Week.” Sierra. September/October Issue. 2020. 

Ajani, Ashia. “Now List 2020: Mickalene Thomas and the Art of Saying ‘No’ as a Black  Creative” 2020 

Ajani, Ashia. Making it Easier to Breathe. Sierra. 2020. 

Ajani. Ashia. “Poet Jericho Brown on His Life- Changing Pulitzer Prize Win.Them. 2020. 

Ajani, Ashia. “Black American Bus Drivers at Risk.” Sierra. 2020. 

Ajani, Ashia. “8 Black Eco-Poets Who Inspire Us.Sierra. 2020. 

Ajani, Ashia. “The Making of a Love LetterSierra. 2020. 

Ajani, Ashia. “Danez Smith’s Homie is a Love Letter to Black Queer Friendship.Them. 2020. 

Ajani, Ashia. “This Land is Your Land.” Sage Magazine. 2019; Escalation, 52-56. 

Ajani, Ashia. “Liberation by Soil.BRINK Review. 2019; Issue 5. 


Ajani, Ashia. “Bbymutha’s Cockroaches Symbolize Survival in the Face of Climate CrisisThem. 2021.

Ajani, Ashia. “Clean.” Santa Ana River Review. 2020; Volume 5, Issue 1. 

Ajani, Ashia. “Yet Another Poem About Denver.Hopper Literary Magazine. 2017.

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