Indiana University Creative Writing Program
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(2007 Graduate)

Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky

Asha L. French is a writer and PhD candidate at Emory University. She studies 20th Century African American literature with a focus on Black women authors of the 20th century. Asha is a proud graduate of Howard University and she earned her M.F.A. at Indiana University. She has taught in various summer programs for youth, including the Upward Bound Program and the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts. She has done poetry and writing workshops for middle and high school students. As an original member of the Crunk Feminist Collective, she designed and implemented the National Women’s Studies Association’s first feminism workshop for high school girls. A member of the Affrilachian Poets (2nd Generation), her poetry has appeared in PMS poemmemoirstory, Warpland, and PLUCK!: the Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture. She publishes a weekly column called “Modern Mom” at and is currently at work on a memoir.


- Chancellor's Minority Fellowship, Indiana University, 2004-07
- Discipline Assistant, Creative Writing, Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts, Summer 2004
- Member, The Affrilachian Poets, 2004-Present
- Alumni, Hurston-Wright Foundation Poetry Workshop, Summer 2001