Anjoli Roy is a creative writer and high school English teacher in Honolulu. She earned a BA in individualized study from NYU and an MA and PhD in English from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. A VONA alum, she is also a Pushcart and Best of the Net nominee.

cropped-unspecified-2.pngAnjoli’s book-length work was 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 work has won the COG Page-to-Screen Award, been first runner-up for StoryQuarterly’s Fourth Annual Nonfiction Prize, and been third-place winner of the Ian MacMillan Writing Awards for Creative Nonfiction.

She has published with The Asian American Literary Review, Entropy, Hippocampus, Kweli, Longreads, River Teeth, Spiral Orb, and others.

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 the rain that she and her partner oftentimes wake up to in Pālolo Valley.