Anitra is represented by Stephanie Hansen of Metamorphosis Literary Agency. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), as well as critique groups West PBCG, JARLit and PV Write Club. She has participated in the following publishing workshops and literacy events:
2017 Kansas City Writing Workshop
2017 Writing Workshop of Chicago
2017 SCBWI-IL Prairie Writers & Illustrators Day
2017 Holiday Picture Book Drive (event creator)
2018 12x12 Challenge with Julie Hedlund
2018 Storystorm with Tara Lazar
2018 SCBWI-IL Spring Thaw Pitch Perfect 2
2018 Iowa SCBWI Grow Your PB Garden
2018 Holiday Book Drive Chi (event creator)
2019 12x12 Challenge with Julie Hedlund
2019 Storystorm with Tara Lazar
2019 SCBWI Winter Conference in NYC
2019 SCBWI-IL Prairie Writers & Illustrators Day
A graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia's esteemed School of Journalism, Anitra started her career as a contributor to Wedding & Home magazine (London). She earned awards for feature writing while at the Kansas City Star and covered news as a reporter for Pioneer Press and the Sun Times News Group in Chicagoland.
In the press office of Chicago Public Schools, Anitra developed press events and wrote speeches for top CPS leadership, including then-CEO and former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. At a Chicago PR boutique, Anitra led messaging and publicity for a wide spectrum of accounts, including Giordano's Pizza, Adler Planetarium and Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Anitra is a picture book writer, who completes professional writing projects through her communications consultancy Strategy.ink.
She is an administrator of the Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome website wolfhirschhorn.org and a certified attendee of the P.O.D.D. Communication Book workshop. She facilitates Masterpiece Moms, a Chapelstreet Church support group for moms of children with special needs.
Anitra lives in suburban Chicago, Ill., with her husband and their three daughters.