Wife. Mother. Poet. Professor. CEO. Producer.
Zanderland (Zan) Asante is the founder and CEO of Poems in Bloom Media, Blooming Compassion Outreach, and Creative Seasons Music Publishing, BMI. She has served as a communication professor at Morgan State University and Howard University; talk show producer at WBAL radio (Baltimore) and WBZ radio (Boston); and development director & announcer at WEAA radio (MSU). Zan holds a B.S. in Communication Studies from Morgan State University and a Master’s in Public Relations from Boston University. She has been a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Inc. for 35 years.
Poetry and Melody . . .
Zan’s writing style is comforting, inspiring, and healing and many describe her voice as velvet that soothes the soul. Her poetic melodies are gracefully being shared throughout the world. As a spoken word with music artist, she did not wait for record labels, rather decided to start her own music label and publishing company to market her unique gift. Her latest single and video "Blooming Compassion" (2020) spoken word and music message of compassion, faith, and action leading us to fulfill purpose and improve humanity. “Poems in Bloom" (released in 2016) is a fresh collaboration of poetry, music, Psalms, and other Scriptures to inspire, refresh, and heal. It is a reflection of her healing journey through faith, strength, and courage. Both releases were included on the first round Grammy Awards ballot.
Family . . .
Zan says family is precious! She has been married to Tony (a computer network engineer) for 28 years. They have two beautiful children (Kofi, 26 and Zanbria, 24). Both are excelling as phenomenal leaders and entrepreneurs. "My husband and children are beautiful souls who have been my supportive, loving team. I am so thankful."
Athletics. . .
A 4 time All-American athlete, Zan ran track for more than 10 years. Excelling in the 100, 200, 400 meters, 4x100 & 4x400 relays she competed in high school (Fowler in Syracuse, NY) and college (Morgan State Uni.).
Testimony . . . In Her Own Words
“At the age of 8, life changed for me as my lens went from colorful rays of childhood happiness to a view that struggled to find the sun and rainbow. My father died of a massive heart attack at the age of 44 and less than one year later my mother was murdered (a victim of gun violence).”
“I am always thankful for the love and embrace from my big brother, grandmother, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and mentors. Although I continued to move through my journey with those who loved me, I still did not have the skills needed to process these tragedies and realized later in life that the grieving journey is manifested in several stages. In retrospect, I experienced all of them, including shock (denial), anger, depression (loneliness), restoration, and acceptance & hope. Poetry and its embrace of Scriptures and music continue to help me with my healing journey. Running also served as therapy! It represented both physical and spiritual hope and healing. Physically, the exercise helped to boost my mood and often relieved grief. Spiritually, I embraced God’s Word, ‘run with endurance the race set before you.’ God has truly blessed me and I thank Him for His Son Jesus Christ, the Author and Finisher of my Faith.”
My message . . ."Don't give up! Stay in the race"