Anjoli Roy is a creative writer and high school English teacher in Honolulu.

Her educational background and training includes a BA in individualized study from NYU and an MA and PhD from the English Department at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. A VONA fellow, she participated in Bich Minh “Beth” Nguyen’s memoir workshop in summer 2018.

Anjoli’s book-length manuscript of creative nonfiction stories, “Where the Water Is,” was a finalist for the 2019 2040 Books James Alan McPherson Award and the 2019 Autumn House Nonfiction contest. Her award-winning and nominated standalone works include “Tigers, Woman, Eels: A Family Narrative” (winner of the 2017-2018 COG Page to Screen Award judged by Gish Jen), “Little Red BMW” (first runner-up for the StoryQuarterly‘s Fourth Annual Nonfiction Prize, judged by Brian Blanchfield, to be published summer 2019), “Birthing Ancestors” (nominated by Waxwing for a 2018 Best of the Net award and a 2019 Pushcart Prize), and “Love Letter to Kurseong” (third-place winner of the 2016 Ian MacMillan Writing Awards for Creative Nonfiction). She has also published with The Asian American Literary Review, Entropy, Hawai‘i ReviewHippocampus Magazine, Kweli, River Teeth, Spiral Orb, and others. She has a creative nonfiction story forthcoming November 2019 with Longreads.

Anjoli is PhDJ for “It’s Lit with PhDJ.” This literature and music podcast has featured more than 100 writers to date and publishes episodes regularly via Mixcloud.

Anjoli is from Pasadena, California. She is a mashi to eight, a godmother to one, and the last of her parents’ three girls. She loves cats, surfing with loved ones or alone, and the rain that she oftentimes wakes up to in Pālolo Valley.

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