Pushcart nominee, USC Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities Fellow and Department of Cultural Affairs City of Los Angeles (COLA) Fellow, Shonda Buchanan is the author of five books, including the award-winning memoir, Black Indian. Board of Trustees President at Beyond Baroque, Shonda is the recipient of the Brody Arts Fellowship from the California Community Foundation, a Big Read grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and several Virginia Foundation for the Humanities grants. A Sundance Institute Writing Arts fellow and a PEN Center Emerging Voices fellow, Shonda is a finalist for the 2021 Mississippi Review poetry contest. Shonda’s memoir, Black Indian, won the 2020 Indie New Generation Book Award and was chosen by PBS NewsHour as a “top 20 books to read” to learn about institutional racism. A journalist for 25+ years, Shonda has published in the Los Angeles Times, the LA Weekly, AWP’s The Writer’s Chronicle, Los Angeles Times Magazine and Indian Country Today. A professor at her alma mater, Loyola Marymount University, Shonda completed a collection of poetry about Nina Simone and is working on her second memoir.