Anastacia-Reneé is a writer, performance artist, and workshop facilitator who has been described as a queer super-shero of color.

She was the 2015-2016 Poet-in-Residence at Hugo House, received the 2017 Artist of the Year award and has been named the 2018-2019 Seattle Civic Poet. The Civic Poet program celebrates Seattle’s rich literary community while investing in the future of literary arts through community engagement.  “When poetry takes center stage, tension-filled spaces become safe literary hubs where community members can gather to share and celebrate the plethora of local, historical, and contemporary voices,” says Anastacia-Reneé. “I’m excited to forge creative new literary paths that lay beyond the standard expectations of poetry.”

In 2017, Reneé had three books of her poetry published. She has received awards and fellowships from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, VONA, Jack Straw, Ragdale and Artist Trust.  Her cross-genre writing has appeared in many and varied publications.  But this success has not come overnight.  She has been working at her craft for 18 years, grabbing time to write whenever she could.  In her life as the mother of two children traveling around the world, and as a teacher of three programs, that time was usually between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m.


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Poetry to set hearts on fire

“I write poetry from my own experiences,” says Anastacia-Reneé, “and to make those experiences tangible for others to help create […]

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