Anjoli Roy is a creative writer and high school English teacher in Honolulu. In fall 2017, she graduated from the English Department at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa with her PhD in English and creative writing. Her dissertation, titled “Where the Water Is,” is an unpublished book-length collection of creative nonfiction stories. This work is currently a finalist for the 2040 Books James Alan McPherson Award.
Anjoli’s creative writing has appeared in online and print literary journals and edited collections, including Entropy, Waxwing, The Asian American Literary Review, Hippocampus Magazine, Kweli, and River Teeth. A VONA alum, 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), “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).
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.