Shannon Elder is a writer, editor, and designer. Her work lies at the intersection of the political, the creative, and the human. A passionate community organizer, her advocacy focuses on issues related to immigration, racial & gender justice, and ethical representation in media. 


She is currently the Managing Editor & Designer at Native Agency, an organization diversifying documentary photography and the journalism industry. She is also the Campaign Writer for Texas AFT, a union advocating for effective public education policy.


She graduated from Columbia College Chicago with her BA in Cultural Studies and Creative Non-Fiction Writing in 2017. Prior to college, she attended Denver School of the Arts for seven years and graduated with a degree in Creative Writing in 2013. Originally from Denver by way of Chicago, she is now based in Austin, Texas. 


Portrait by Dane Gudde for his series on Austin artists during the COVID-19 pandemic.