Anjoli Roy is a creative writer and high school English teacher in Honolulu. She earned an BA in individualized study from NYU and an MA and PhD from the English Department at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Her dissertation, titled “Where the Water Is,” is an unpublished book-length collection of creative nonfiction stories.
A VONA fellow, she participated in Bich Minh “Beth” Nguyen’s memoir workshop in summer 2018. Her award-winning and nominated 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 Review, Hippocampus Magazine, Kweli, River Teeth, Spiral Orb, and others.
Anjoli is from Pasadena, California. She is a mashi to seven, 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.