Nahshon Dion

Nahshon Dion is a multi-talented, award-winning writer, teaching artist, creative director, and arts patron from Pasadena, California. While attending John Muir High School, Nahshon met the iconic rapper, Tupac Shakur, at Muir's June 1996 prom. Later, she began an internship at Shakur's business partners film production company, Look Hear Sound & Vision. After that internship, on July 4th, 1997, Nahshon suffered a brutal assault and became a victim of gun violence.

Nahshon’s literature speaks to discrimination and violence many Black and Brown LGBTQ youth face. She has been published in several LGBTQ anthologies and literary journals. Nahshon has created gut-wrenching work that touches on gun violence, mental health, and state terrorism, turning her anguish into art. Since 2013, she's been the recipient of dozens of grants, fellowships, artist residencies, honors, and awards totaling over $180,000 that provided ammunition and support towards developing her forthcoming memoir, Shootin' Range. The manuscript expounds on anti-femme, anti-trans, anti-queer, and anti-Black sentiment that Nahshon continues to resist. Nahshon’s existence and resilience show how youth can reach their potential and shine with dignity when their rainbow is blurred.

In September of 2020, Nahshon was interviewed by writer and editor Sheldon Pearce of The New Yorker magazine for Changes: An Oral History of Tupac (Simon & Schuster). In February of 2021, Nahshon headlined the 5th annual Black Queer Studies Lecture at College of Staten Island (CSI) CUNY. In March, she produced and hosted "Honoring our Trancestors," sponsored by West Hollywood and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. This August, she served as a virtual scholar for Lambda Literary's annual emerging LGBTQ writers retreat.