Anjoli Roy is a creative writer, editor, and instructor in the English Department at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She recently defended her dissertation, titled “Where the Water Is,” which is a collection of creative nonfiction stories about her family that touches on her experiences as a mixed-race Bengali and German/English/Irish American, and of the body, healing, the power of storytelling, what it means to be a great granddaughter of freedom-fighter and journalist Kali Nath Roy, the experiences of her father growing up in the segregated southern US, and more.
Her creative writing has appeared in online and print literary journals and edited collections, including most recently Demeter Press’s anthology Borderlands & Crossroads: Writing the Motherland, Dămfīno, Hawaiʻi Review, Hippocampus Magazine, Kore Press’s Poem of the Week, Kweli, Middle Planet, River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative, Slink Chunk Press, and Spiral Orb.
Anjoli is also a radio DJ for KTUH FM. Her Tuesday night show, called “It’s Lit with PhDJ,” features writers to love and the music their work plays best around and airs weekly from nine p.m. to midnight HST.
Anjoli is from Pasadena, California. She is a mashi to six, a godmother to one, and is the last of her parents’ three girls. She loves cats, surfing with friends or alone, and the rain that she oftentimes wakes up to in Pālolo Valley.