Writing Mentor

Joshunda Sanders

Joshunda Sanders is an author & educator. Her work has appeared in Oprah Daily, TIME Magazine, Poets & Writers, The New York Times, Oxford American and many other publications. She writes a monthly newsletter about the writing life & books you can subscribe to here. She is the creator & host of a BookTube channel, Black Book Stacks. She has been the recipient of writing residencies, fellowships or awards from the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing, Lambda Literary, Bronx Council on the Arts, Hedgebrook, VONA and the Key West Literary Seminars. In 2018, she was awarded the competitive Bronx Recognizes Its Own (BRIO) Award for excellence in fiction. She has been a speaker at Ohio State University, Princeton, JusticeWorks, NYCPride’s Human Rights Conference, South by Southwest Interactive, Bard and more. She has taught writing and journalism at The School of the New York Times, Lehman College, the University of Texas Austin and The New School. In Summer 2019, her first children’s book, I Can Write The World, featuring Ava Murray, a Black girl journalist from the Bronx, was published by Six Foot Press. The next book in the series, A Place of Our Own, is scheduled for publication in 2022. Her previous publications include How Racism and Sexism Killed Traditional Media: Why the Future of Journalism Depends on Women and People of Color and a memoir, The Beautiful Darkness: A Handbook for Orphans. She is working on her first novel and is represented by Elisabeth Weed at The Book Group.