Creative Writing/Visual Art
Pacia Anderson is a St. Louis-based poet, writer, visual, and teaching artist who uses the art of the narrative to make sense of the world around her, explore complex subject matter, and tell a good story. She received her Associate of Arts Degree in Journalism from Southwestern Illinois College, is a 2014 graduate of Regional Arts Commission’s Community Arts Training Institute, and an Urban Bushwomen SLI Fellow. Pacia is a founding member of the art-based youth initiative Cherokee Street Reach, Dean in the Zukata Madrasa, chair of the St. Louis Brick City Poetry Festival, an active member of the Cherokee Street Development League, and is the Missouri Regional Coordinator for the NEA-sponsored Poetry Out Loud youth recitation competition. In addition to Freedom Arts, she works as a teaching artist for Springboard to Learning, Bread & Roses, Colorbridge Arts, and Yeyo Arts Collective. She does all of this while raising her daughter and continuing to work and perform as a poet and visual artist. Pacia brings her vibrancy, grace, and wisdom to dozens of area arts institutions, community non-profit organizations, grassroots and civic engagement groups, city recreation centers, and neighborhood youth.