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Nahshon Dion Anderson

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Nahshon Dion Anderson
Born(1978-04-01)April 1, 1978
Altadena, California, United States
🏡 ResidenceBronx, New York, U.S.
🏳️ NationalityAmerican
Other namesK.I.N.A
🏫 EducationCalifornia State University Los Angeles
💼 Occupation
📆 Years active  1992–present
Notable workShooting Range
🏅 AwardsBronx Recognizes Its Own Award

Nahshon Dion Anderson (born April 1, 1978) is an Afro-Latin American trans woman[1][2] and Louisiana Creole non-fiction writer.[3][4] She is a recipient of the Bronx Recognizes Its Own Award (BRIO), awarded by the Bronx Council on the Arts.[5]

Early life[edit]

Anderson's maternal family, the Smiths and Scotts of Marshall and Longview, Texas, have resided in Pasadena California[citation needed] since 1940. Anderson was born in Los Angeles County in the Northwest suburb of Altadena[6] and raised as a Jehovah's Witness. Anderson attended Marshall Fundamental Secondary School with actresses Lark Vorhees and Tamala Jones as well as actors Jaleel White and Jaharay Benett and Rodney King's sister Ratasha.[7] As a member of her school's drama club, Anderson viewed live TV show tapings of sitcom Family Matters at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, and began envisioning a career in the arts and entertainment.[8]

On March 3, 1991, Anderson learned that her family friend and front neighbor Odessa's son, Rodney King, had been beaten by Los Angeles Police Department officers. Rodney King's sister Ratasha attributes Nahshon with keeping her from crying while their community grieved. During the 1992 Los Angeles Riots, Anderson's paternal grandmother Betty Jean Anderson Fuentes, a Louisiana Creole originally from Opelousas her neighborhood in the Harvard Heights area of Pico and Western in Los Angeles near Korea Town went up in flames.[citation needed] On August 12, a demolition crew clearing the rubble inside a J.J. Newberry store burned by looters on the first night of the riots discovered a body, which police labeled John Doe #172, and which was later identified as 20-year Nissar Mustafa.[9] After the LA riots Anderson wrote an essay on community improvement for Discover Card and won $500.[10]


During 1994, Anderson worked as the mascot Chuck E. Cheese. She was cast in a TV commercial[citation needed] that was shot in Pasadena at Sierra Madre location where she worked. Through Taft-Hartley Act, she became eligible to join the Screen Actors Guild. In 1995, Anderson worked at Universal Studios Hollywood during the weekends and attended John Muir High School in Pasadena. Rapper Tupac Shakur attended her prom on June 7 escorting his goddaughter, Anderson's classmate Tashuana Howard, to Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. Anderson inquired about working in Hollywood. Tupac directed her to contact Look Here Productions his film company he co-founded with Tracy Danielle Robinson, which produced his music videos.[7][10] Upon taking Tupac's advice in the summer of 1996, Anderson began interning at Look Hear Productions with Tracy Danielle Robinson and Gobi M. Rahimi.[11]

While attending California State University Los Angeles after reading Black Talent News, at age 19, Anderson started working on The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show as a production assistant in 1997. Within months, Anderson became Executive Producer Michael Davies's personal assistant working at Buena Vista Television, a division of The Walt Disney Company located at Walt Disney Studios (Burbank) in the development department[12] with executives of Keenen Ivory Wayans Show Hayma Washington and Shauna Garr.[13][14]

Anderson was production coordinator for hip-hop artists Russell Simmons' One World Music Beat, Naughty by Nature's music video Jamboree, Master P's film, Da Last Don, and documentary 1 More Hit.[15][16] In 1999, Anderson joined the Screen Actors Guild, appearing in Diana Krall's music video "Let's Face the Music",[citation needed] Arrest & Trial,[citation needed] a Nintendo Mario Party 2 commercial, with Sheryl Crow at the 26th Annual American Music Awards, and did print modeling for PacSun.[7][16] Anderson was hired by former VIBE writer Brianna Hyneman to assist her at The Source Hip Hop Music Awards 1999. In 2001 she moved to Fort Greene and worked for The Bachelor Pad and Trace (magazine) on The Black Girls Rock issue.


On July 4, 1997, at midnight Nahshon left her job on the Keenen Ivory Wayans TV show as a production assistant, which taped at Hollywood Center Studios now known as Sunset Las Palmas Studios. At 12:50 a.m., while Anderson was en route on Crenshaw Boulevard to Long Beach to her boyfriend Pastor Eugene Joshua Simms' home, she was assaulted, handcuffed and shot at Jim Thorpe Park in Hawthorne, California. The person charged with the assault was found not guilty on all three felony charges in May 1998.[7][17]


Anderson at the Bronx Council on the Arts 2014 Brio award ceremony

Starting in 2002, Anderson worked as a sex worker soliciting clients by advertising erotic massage in the LA XPress newspaper and on Eros, Craigslist and Backpage.[18][better source needed] After reading Poets & Writers magazine she became aware of Red Umbrella Projects memoir writing workshop. During 2013, Anderson returned to New York City and produced work based on her personal experiences through creative nonfiction writing workshops at Red Umbrella Project, Actors Fund of America and the Bronx Writing Center.[8] Anderson wrote a short story, Shooting Range, which was inspired by the assault she endured on July 4, 1997.[17] Anderson discovered the Bronx Council on The Arts BRIO grant competition for artists which she entered Shooting Range in and won $3k.[19][20][21][22]

Collaborating and performing[edit]

In 2016, after applying for the Lambda Literary emerging writers workshop, using an excerpt of Shooting Range as her writing sample Anderson was selected to study with Professor Sarah Schulman along with ten other LGBT writers at University of Southern California for a one-week intensive immersion course in nonfiction. For two years, Schulman mentored Anderson on the writing of her 300-page and 21-chapter memoir Shooting Range. And in 2018, Schulman curated First Mondays at Performance Space New York where transgender writers Torrey Dorra, Jeanne Thornton and Nahshon read excerpts of their literature to publishing professionals.[23]

Since 2014, Anderson has presented public readings at Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance BAAD! for Bronx Scribe/stories, Transvisionaries,[24] Persistent Voices, Bronx Literary Festival, Red Umbrella Project, University of Miami, University of Southern California, Otis College Art & Design, Actors fund of America, New York public library, Lambda Literary Foundation, Bluestockings, Sundress for the Arts, Marvins, NALAC, First Mondays at Performance Space New York,[23] Genre Reassignment, The New School and McNally Jackson bookstore[25] and Spring Board for the Arts.[26] Anderson has interviewed LGBT writers and allies such as Jeffrey C. Stewart, Amber Dawn, Michael Arceneaux, Darnell L. Moore and DeRay Mckesson.[27]

Published works[edit]

Literary Journals[edit]


  • Emerge: 2017 Lambda Literary Fellows Anthology. (Volume 3) Lambda Literary Foundation ISBN 978-1985384361 Search this book on .
  • Our Happy Hours: LGBT Voices From the Gay Bars. Flashpoint Productions.[29][30][31] ISBN 978-1633048133 Search this book on .
  • Emerge: 2016 Lambda Literary Fellows Anthology. (Volume 2) Lambda Literary Foundation[32] ISBN 978-1546327097 Search this book on .
  • Prose & Lore Collected Issues 1-5: Memoir Stories About Sex Work (Red Umbrella Project) ISBN 978-0988259690 Search this book on .
  • Prose & Lore: Issue 3: Memoir Stories About Sex Work (Red Umbrella Project) ISBN 978-0988259669 Search this book on .
  • Prose & Lore: Issue 2: Memoir Stories About Sex Work (Red Umbrella Project) ISBN 978-0988259645 Search this book on .

Non-fiction books[edit]


Anderson volunteered at the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition and for Heal the Bay was a Production Associate for their 20th-anniversary fundraiser. She served as a Production Associate for Magic Johnson's 20th Mid Summer Night Magic week long fundraising event. Anderson interned at the Transgender Legal Defense Education Fund in New York City and worked on the Name Change Project.[12] As an activist, Anderson served as a grant review panelist for Brooklyn, Bronx, and Queens Art Councils [2] and in 2016 was selected by Barbaralee Diamonstein-spielvogel to be a New York State Council on the Arts grants Advisory panelist for three consecutive years.[33][34][4][35]

Awards, grants and honors[edit]


  1. Sawyer, Kyle (2016-04-08). "2016 Writers Retreat Fellows". Lambda Literary. Retrieved 2016-10-22.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "NYSCA Panelists Bios". New York State Council on the Arts. Retrieved 2016-06-21.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Council Book (PDF). California Arts Counsel. p. 27. Search this book on
  4. 4.0 4.1 2017 African American Heritage Month Calendar and Cultural Guide (PDF). City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. 2017. pp. 94 & 151. Search this book on
  6. Goodstein, Steven (2015-12-14). "Local organization brings Bronx filmmaker's dream to life". Bronx Times. Retrieved 2018-10-30.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 "Despite brutal assault, writer finds her voice - Rolling Out". Rolling Out. 2016-06-05. Retrieved 2016-06-21.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Ford, Sarah. "Formally Homeless Writer Rises Above Personal History". Denver Voice.
  9. "L.A. riots: Victims killed defending businesses, in random attacks". LA Times Blogs - L.A. NOW. 2012-04-29. Retrieved 2018-03-26.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 "Quick N Shine". Cold Creek Review. Retrieved 2018-01-26.
  11. Ford, Sarah (2017-11-01). "Formerly Homeless Writer Rises Above Personal History". The Denver Voice. Retrieved 2018-10-30.
  12. 12.0 12.1 "Nahshon D. Ratcliff | NEA". Retrieved 2016-06-21.
  13. "PRODUCED BY 2009 // Screech Washington // PRODUCED BY CONFERENCE". Retrieved 2017-01-16.
  14. Birnbaum, Debra (2016-11-18). "TV Academy Elects Hayma 'Screech' Washington Chairman and CEO". Variety. Retrieved 2017-01-16.
  15. "Bios". Bronx Book Fair. Retrieved 2016-01-03.
  16. 16.0 16.1 "brio_winners_2014". Retrieved 2016-01-03.
  17. 17.0 17.1 "Local organization brings Bronx filmmaker's dream to life". Bronx Times. Retrieved 2016-01-03.
  18. Grant, Melissa Gira. "7 Sex Workers on What It Means to Lose". The Cut. Retrieved 2018-04-10.
  19. Ratcliff, Nahshon (5 October 2015). "My Art Story". National Endowment of the Arts. National Endowment of the Arts. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  20. "Attendee Roster" (PDF). Alliance of Artists Communities.
  21. "Lambda Literary Day on Governors Island – Sunday, September 24". Empire State Center for the Book. 2017-09-14. Retrieved 2017-11-07.
  22. "TRANSVISIONARIES 2017". BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance. Retrieved 2017-11-07.
  23. 23.0 23.1 Desk, BWW News. "Performance Space New York Presents First Mondays: Readings Of New Works In Progress". Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  24. "TRANSVISIONARIES 2017". BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance. Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  25. "Invasions: Calvin Gimpelevich with Cat Fitzpatrick, Nahshon Anderson and Tennessee Jones (PRINCE STREET) | McNally Jackson Books". Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  26. "Springboard for the Arts welcomes writer to residency - The Fergus Falls Daily Journal". The Fergus Falls Daily Journal. 2019-02-08. Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  27. "Nahshon Dion Anderson". Lambda Literary. Retrieved 2018-08-16.
  28. "Nahshon Anderson". Poets & Writers. Retrieved 2017-11-14.
  29. "Our Happy Hours - How LGBT People Thrive(d) and Survive(d) |". 2017-11-03. Retrieved 2017-11-07.
  30. "Our Happy Hours LGBT Voices From The Gay Clubs anthology reading | Metrosource". Metrosource. Retrieved 2017-11-07.
  31. "The Amazon Trail: Happy Hours". On Top Magazine. Retrieved 2017-09-11.
  32. 32.0 32.1 Johnson, William (2017-06-08). "Emerge: 2016 Lambda Literary Fellows Anthology". Lambda Literary. Retrieved 2017-06-09.
  33. "2016 Panelists". Brooklyn Arts Council. Retrieved 2016-12-26.
  34. "2016 Gala Sponsors - PEN America". PEN America. 2016-05-10. Retrieved 2017-11-07.
  35. Sylvia Rivera Law Project Annual Report. Sylvia Rivera Law Project. 2011. p. 16. Search this book on
  36. "Transgender arts grant". Weho. Retrieved 2019-12-17.
  37. "SUCASA Artist Residency". Bronx Arts. Retrieved 2019-11-13.
  38. "Hinge Arts Residency". Springboard for the Arts. Retrieved 2018-12-14.
  39. 39.0 39.1 39.2 39.3 "California Arts Directory". National Arts & Disability Center.
  40. 40.0 40.1 40.2 Sawyer, Kyle (2017-04-26). "2017 Writers Retreat Fellows". Lambda Literary. Retrieved 2017-06-08.
  41. "Watch the 2017 Fellows Readings". Lambda Literary. 2017-09-06. Retrieved 2017-09-11.
  42. "E-boletín June 2017". NALAC. Retrieved 2017-10-03.
  43. Sawyer, Kyle (2016-08-26). "2016 Fellows Readings". Retrieved 2016-09-17.
  44. "VONA Shrine" (PDF). p. 4.


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