Shanta Lee

Shanta Lee is a writer of poetry, creative nonfiction, and journalism, and a visual artist and public intellectual actively participating in the cultural discourse with work that has been widely featured. Shanta Lee is the author of the poetry collection GHETTOCLAUSTROPHOBIA: Dreamin of Mama While Trying to Speak Woman in Woke Tongues, winner of the 2020 Diode Press book prize and the 2021 Vermont Book Award. Her latest illustrated poetry collection, Black Metamorphoses (Etruscan Press, 2023), was named a finalist in the 2021 Hudson prize, shortlisted for the 2021 Cowles Poetry Book Prize, and longlisted for the 2021 Idaho Poetry Prize. Dark Goddess: An Exploration of the Sacred Feminine, her latest exhibition featuring her short film, interviews, photography, and more has been on view at the University of Vermont’s Fleming Museum of Art. To learn more about her work, visit: