Keisha-Gaye Anderson

Biography

Born in Kingston, Jamaica and raised in Rosedale, Queens, Keisha-Gaye has always been a storyteller. She is the author of a collection of poetry, "Gathering the Waters," which was selected from over 100 manuscripts by Jamii Publishing in 2014.

After graduating from Syracuse University (Newhouse and College of Arts and Science), she began her career in television production at CBS News, where she worked as an associate producer or field producer for long-form documentaries like "A&E Biography." Since the beginning of her career as a journalist, she has simultaneously contributed freelance articles to print and electronic publications, including Psychology Today, Black Enterprise, Teen People, Honey, Upscale, and many others.

She went on to work as an associate producer for the national prime time PBS news program "NOW With Bill Moyers" and then as a post-production associate producer on the independent documentary "Flag Wars," which kicked off PBS/​ POV's summer 2003 documentary series. Keisha-Gaye has also worked as a producer/​editor for Network News Service, a news sharing consortium between ABC, CBS and FOX.

Keisha-Gaye is a screen writer, with credits on the show "New Morning," a Hallmark Channel program produced by Faith and Values Media, and the sitcom webisode, "The Married Bachelor." She has been a member the Harlem Arts Alliance Screenwriting Workshop, led by noted screen writers Jamal Joseph ("NY Undercover"), Zach Sklar (Oliver Stone's "JFK"), and Edward Pomerantz ("Law & Order"), for close to a decade.

In 2003, Keisha-Gaye self-published her poetry chapbook Circle Unbroken. She has performed as a spoken word artist at a number of venues, including Bowery Poetry Club, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, The Knitting Factory, and a number of college-based reading series. She is one of the founding poets of Poets for Ayiti, a collective of poets from diverse backgrounds committed to the power of poetry to transform and educate. The proceeds from their poetry collection For The Crowns of Your Heads has helped to rebuild Bibliotheque de Soleil, a library razed during the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

Her poetry and essays have appeared in a number of national literary magazines, journals, and anthologies, including Poems on the Road to Peace, African Voices Magazine, Renaissance Noire, Mosaice Literary Magazine, The Mom Egg, Afrobeat Journal, Sometimes Rhythm Sometimes Blues, Small Axe Salon, the Killens Review of Arts and Letters, Caribbean in Transit Arts Journal. She is the recipient of a 2010 fellowship from the North Country Institute for Writers of Color and was chosen to participate in the 2013 Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop at Brown University. She was selected for the VONA Voices Speculative Fiction Workshop with Tananarive Due in 2015.

Keisha-Gaye is a member of the Author's Guild (which hosts her site www.keishagaye.com). She currently works as a director of communications within a large public college. In 2014, she received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from The City College, CUNY. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and two children.