About Eva Yaa Asantewaa

photo by Eva Yaa Asantewaa
photo by Eva Yaa Asantewaa
photo by Deborah Feller

Eva Yaa Asantewaa has contributed writing on dance to Dance Magazine, The Village Voice, SoHo Weekly News, Gay City News, The Dance Enthusiast, Time Out New York and other publications since 1976. Eva has also interviewed dance artists and advocates as host of two dance-related podcasts Body and Soul and the new Serious Moonlight, co-producted with Tei Blow. She is a member of the inaugural faculty of Montclair State University’s new MFA in Dance program. She has also served on the faculty for New England Foundation for the Arts' Regional Dance Development Initiative Dance Lab 2016 for emerging Chicago-area dance artists. She will serve on the faculty for the Maggee Allesee National Center for Choreography's inaugural Moving Forward Dialogues Dance Lab for Emerging Choreographers in May 2017.

Ms. Yaa Asantewaa joined the curatorial team for Danspace Project’s Platform 2016: Lost and Found and created the skeleton architecture, or the future of our worlds, featuring 21 Black women and gender-nonconforming performers for an evening of group improvisation. She plans to pursue other curatorial work as EYA Projects.

Ms. Yaa Asantewaa served as a member of the New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Awards committee for three years and as a consultant or panelist for numerous arts funding or awards organizations including the New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. She blogs on the arts, with dance as a specialty, for InfiniteBody and served as Editor in Chief of Dancer's Turn, a blog devoted to longform profiles of dance artists, created by students of her annual "Writing on Dance" workshop series at New York Live Arts. A native New Yorker of Black Caribbean heritage, Eva makes her home in the East Village with her wife and cat.

She maintains a private practice in Tarot-based psychic counseling. From January 2001 to January 2005, Eva published DancingWorld, a monthly email newsletter devoted to Tarot, psychic and spiritual development, and creativity. She is an ordained minister (ULC, Modesto, CA) and legally registered with the City of New York as a marriage officiant with special interest in neopagan and secular-humanist ceremony.

While studying at Fordham University--where she received her B.A. in Communications in 1974--Eva was introduced to Jungian psychology and the "mind games" techniques created by Robert Masters and Jean Houston. She also studied Community Health Education at Hunter College School of Health Sciences and received the Hunter College President's Award for HIV/AIDS Creative and Scholarly Work, First Prize, 1992.

Through Radical Magick (which she founded in 1992), Eva produced and facilitated workshops and special events sponsored by over fifty health and social service, spiritual, feminist, people of color, and GLBT organizations in the New York metropolitan area. Among these are the New York Open Center’s Womanspirit Journey program, New York Theosophical Society, College of New Rochelle, Healing Works, New York State Conference on Women’s Health, Riverside Church Wellness Center, Women’s Health Education Project, and Women’s Rites Center. (See below for complete list.)

Eva’s poetry appears in The Zenith of Desire: Contemporary Lesbian Poems about Sex (ed., Gerry Gomez Pearlberg, Crown, 1996), Does Your Mama Know? An Anthology of Black Lesbian Coming Out Stories (ed., Lisa C. Moore, RedBone Press, 1997), Queer Dog: Homo Pup Poetry (ed., Gerry Gomez Pearlberg, Cleis, 1997), Isis Rising: The Goddess in the New Aeon (ed., Denise Dumars, 2000), Brooklyn Review, Kuumba, Starfish, WV, Tempus, The Isis Papers, and the Pegasus Dreaming, Star Leaper, and Pedestal Magazine Web sites. She was also published in An Eye for An Eye Makes the Whole World Blind: Poets on 9/11 (Regent Press). She has read her work at numerous venues including the Brooklyn Museum, the Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center, A Different Light Bookstore, Bowery Poetry Club, and Cornelia Street Cafe.

As a WBAI radio broadcaster (1987-89), Eva worked with the Women’s Radio Collective and the Gay and Lesbian Independent Broadcasters Collective (OUTLOOKS) and co-hosted the Tuesday Afternoon Arts Magazine with Jennifer Bernet as well as producing her own specials.


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Eva has produced and/or offered presentations, special events, workshops, groups, counseling or other services for many organizations and projects including:

African Ancestral Lesbians United for Societal Change (AALUSC)

AIDS Center of Queens County

AIDS Service Center of Lower Manhattan

Audre Lorde Project’s Arms Akimbo Organizing Institute, 1998

Audre Lorde Project’s Wellness Forum, 2002

Bedford Hills Correctional Facility

BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange

Changing Times, Changing Women Conference

College of New Rochelle (Brooklyn campus)

The Crystal Quilt

Dance Program, New York University Tisch School of the Arts

Dancing While Black

Fourth Arts Block (FABnyc)

First Universal Spiritual Church

Gay Men of African Descent (GMAD) Adult HIV Prevention Program

Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) Intensive Case Management Unit

13th Annual Gay and Lesbian Addiction Studies (GLAS) Conference

12th Annual GLAS Conference -- Reconstructing Recovery: Healing Technologies for the 21st Century

Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Alliance, Kingsborough Community College

Gibney Dance Center

Haitian Women’s Program

HAPI, Inc. (agency for home healthcare workers)

Healing Path Farm

Healing Works

Housing Works

Howie the Harp Advocacy Center

Hunter College Dance Program

Initiative for Women with Disabilities (Hospital for Joint Diseases, Beth Israel Medical Center)

Spirit Crossroads’ Inside Out Conference, 1997

Spirit Crossroads’ Inside Out: Pride in Spirit

The Lesbian Care Center

Lesbian Feminist Liberation

Liberate Your Health! Bodywork Fair

Manhattan Center for Living

Men of All Colors Together (MACT)

New England Foundation for the Arts

New York City Lesbian Health Fair

New York Live Arts (formerly Dance Theater Workshop)

New York Open Center: Womanspirit Journey Program

New York State Conference on Women's Health, 1994

New York Theosophical Society

Northeastern Tarot Conclave

Pillars of HER Tradition

PWA Coalition Men’s Group

Queens Women's Health Network

Queensborough Community College

Rising Spirits Healing and Learning Center

Riverside Church Wellness Center: Holistic Approaches to Cancer Care series

Rivington House

SAGE: Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (formerly Senior Action in A Gay Environment

Shades of Lavender (Brooklyn AIDS Task Force)

Staten Island HIV Care Network: Conference 1998

Stuyvesant Chiropractic Center

The Tarot School

To Tell The Truth 2002 Conference (Incest Awareness Foundation)

A. J. Vargas Seminars

W.E.R.I.S.E. International Women Artist Conference 2003

Women’s Coffee House

Women’s Health Education Project

Women’s Rites Center

Yo SISTAH

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