Ashia Ajani

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Ashia Ajani is a Denver-born (unceded Cheyenne and Arapahoe land) soulchild transplant writing, learning, and loving in the Bay Area (unceded Ohlone land). Writing as a queer Black femme, they work to bring light to issues of racialized geographies, trauma, diaspora, and Black relationships to land, water and the built environment. They are a climate-resilient schools educator with Mycelium Youth Network and an award winning poet. Their words have been featured in Sierra Magazine, World Literature Today, Apogee Journal and Frontier Poetry, among others.

In what ways does nature inspire or inform your work?

I am in awe of its power and its resilience. I am wounded by history, but healed by its futurity. I find myself constantly returning to nature not only because of our shared hurt, but because of our innate dependence on one another.

What does it mean to you to be part of a thriving ecosystem?

Abundance, remediation & regeneration.

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