Anastasia Higginbotham is a speechwriter and social activist who recently launched the children’s book series Ordinary Terrible Things through Feminist Press. She has taught self-defense to children and adults through Prepare Inc. and led workshops on resisting rape and lesser intrusions for Soapbox Inc.’s Feminist Boot Camp in New York City.
Her books, addressing divorce, death, bullying, illness, confusion about sex, and sexual abuse, tell stories of children who navigate trouble with their senses on alert and their souls intact. Help may come from family, counselors, teachers, and dreams—but it’s the children who find their own way to cope.
Higginbotham writes for NYC nonprofits that combat injustice by empowering those it harms. Her essays have appeared in Ms., Bitch, Glamour, The Sun, The Women’s Review of Books, and in the anthologies Listen Up, 33 Things Every Girl Should Know About Women’s History, and Yes Means Yes.