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 is the author of the chapbook, Enter the Navel: For the Love of Creative Nonfiction (The Operating System, 2020). 

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 Awards for CNF/Memoir.

Her standalone creative nonfiction stories have won the COG Page-to-Screen Award; been longlisted for the Disquiet Literary Contest, a finalist for The Writer magazine’s Essay Contest, first runner-up for StoryQuarterly’s Fourth Annual Nonfiction Prize, and runner-up for the Blue Earth Review‘s Flash Creative Nonfiction Contest; and won third place in the Ian MacMillan Writing Awards for Creative Nonfiction.

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

Her forthcoming work will appear in Creative Nonfiction’s Sunday Short Reads and Blue Earth Review.

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.