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.

cropped-unspecified-2.pngAnjoli’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.

navel-gaze coversHer forthcoming work will appear in Anomaly (October 2020) and Creative Nonfiction’s Sunday Short Reads. Her chapbook, Enter the Navel: For the Love of Creative Nonfiction, is being published by the Operating System (September 2020). 

Anjoli is PhDJ for “It’s Lit,” a literature and music podcast that she cohosts with Jocelyn Kapumealani Ng and has featured more than 100 writers to date.

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.