Asali DeVan Ecclesiastes
Asali DeVan Ecclesiastes is a mother, daughter, educator, organizer, author, event producer, performance artist, and community servant. This writer knows herself and the world through her exploration of the word. Embedded in New Orleans’ cultural soil and watered by her idols’ writings, Kalamu ya Salaam, Sonia Sanchez, and Toni Morrison, Asali basks in the sun of her literary heritage—from the sages who transformed pharaoh to God in Ancient Khemet to the Spy Boys who chant the way clear for Big Chiefs on Carnival Day. Asali brings her deep roots in New Orleans’ indigenous culture to her work as the new Executive Director of Efforts of Grace and Ashé Cultural Arts Center.