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Anastacia Renee Tolbert

Anastacia Renee is a queer writer of color, performance artist, creative writing workshop facilitator and activist. She is the current Civic Poet of Seattle and former 2015-2017 Poet-in-Residence at Richard Hugo House. She has received writing fellowships from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, VONA, Artist Trust and Jack Straw, as well as a writing residency from Ragdale. . Anastacia-Renee is the Author of five books, Forget It (Black Radish Books), (v.), (Gramma Press) 26, (Dancing Girl Press), and Kiss Me Doll Face (Gramma Press) and Answer(Me) (Argus Press). Her theatrical mixed-media project, 9 Ounces: A One Woman Show, is a multivalent play unapologetically downward dogging its way through class, race, culture, oppression, depression, survival and epiphany. Anastacia Renee has been expanding her creative repertoire into the field of social justice installation art, and has exhibited her abstract paintings, text and photography surrounding the body as a polarized place of both the private and political. Her work has appeared in: Revise the Psalm, Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks, Split this Rock, Painted Bride Quarterly, Crab Creek Review, Seattle Review, Bone Bouquet, Duende, Synaethesia, Torch, Banqueted and many more.