Anjoli Roy is a creative writer and high school English teacher in Honolulu. She has a BA in individualized study from NYU and an MA and PhD in English from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She is also a VONA/Voices of Our Nation fellow and a Pushcart and Best of the Net nominee.
Anjoli’s book-length manuscript has been a finalist for the 2040 Books James Alan McPherson Award and the Autumn House Nonfiction Contest and was shortlisted for C&R Book’s 2019 Awards for CNF/Memoir.
Her standalone creative nonfiction stories have won the COG Page-to-Screen Award, been first runner-up for StoryQuarterly’s Fourth Annual Nonfiction Prize, and won third place in the Ian MacMillan Writing Awards for Creative Nonfiction.
She has published with The Asian American Literary Review, Entropy, Hippocampus, Longreads, River Teeth, and others.
Her forthcoming work will appear in Anomaly, Creative Nonfiction’s Sunday Short Reads, and Kaleidoscope. Her chapbook, Enter the Navel: For the Love of Creative Nonfiction, is being published by the Operating System.
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 going on long walks with her partner in their new neighborhood of Makiki.