Shanta Lee Gander
Photo Courtesy of MacLean Charles Gander, Photographer
Shanta Lee Gander is an artist and multi-faceted professional in leadership, marketing, management, and a range of other areas. As an artist, her endeavors include photography, writing prose, poetry, investigative journalism, and photography. Shanta Lee's prose has been incorporated into her former weekly radio segments, Ponder This, on 100.3 FM/1490 AM WKVT. Her poetry, prose, and personal essays have been featured in The Crisis Magazine, Rebelle Society, on the Ms. Magazine Blog, and The Commons weekly newspaper covering Windham County, VT. Shanta Lee has been recently named a recipient of the Arthur Williams Award for Meritorious Service to the Arts due to her standing in the region and dedication to the arts in Vermont. Her contributing work on an investigative journalism piece for The Commons received a New England Newspaper & Press Association (NENPA) 2019 award. She is the director of publicity and outreach of Mount Island—a small press and magazine dedicated to rural LGBTQ+ and POC voices/artists. Shanta Lee gives lectures on the life of Lucy Terry Prince—considered the first known African-American poet in English literature—as a member of the Vermont Humanities Council Speakers Bureau.
Shanta Lee is passionate about myths, fairytales, music, history, and the often illegal abandoned places she likes to photograph. Shanta Lee is an MFA candidate in Creative Non-Fiction and Poetry at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has an MBA from the University of Hartford and an undergraduate degree in Women, Gender and Sexuality from Trinity College.