Asali DeVan Ecclesiastes is a mother, educator, event producer, spoken word artist, and as a newlywed, remains a community servant. She is the co-founder and Executive Producer of the Akoben Words-In-Action Festival, a four-day poetry and community service event in New Orleans and teaches spoken word, social justice, and service learning at Tulane University. She is also the coordinator of the Congo Square African Marketplace at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the largest music and arts festival in the world.

Where most may come to know her by her many pursuits, the way writer Asali knows herself and the world around her, is through her exploration of the “word”. Asali is rooted in the cultural soil of New Orleans and watered by the writings of her literary idols, Kalamu ya Salaam, Sonia Sanchez, and Toni Morrison. No matter her endeavor, Asali continually seeks opportunities to forward her mission of creating a platform for societal change through art and her vision of social justice for all humanity.