Anna Vangala Jones is a writer, editor, and educator. Her debut short story collection, Turmeric & Sugar, is forthcoming from Thirty West Publishing in May 2021. It is now available for preorder! You can purchase your copy here: Thirty West Shop — Turmeric & Sugar.

Some Advance Praise for Turmeric & Sugar {Stories}:

Anna Vangala Jones’s elegant prose twines the mundane with the magical, heartache with hope, loss with love. An impressive debut collection by a writer with a clear vision into the human heart.

— Tananarive Due, American Book Award winner, author of Ghost Summer: Stories.

Glimmering, heartfelt, and hard-edged stories of the everyday and the strange—like stepping outside on a cold fall morning and being shocked awake to the world.

— Ben Loory, author of Tales of Falling and Flying.


Anna’s writing has been selected for Longform Fiction’s Best of 2018 list and nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best Small Fictions, and Best of the Net Anthologies. Her fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, and interviews have appeared in several publications, such as Catapult, Wigleaf, HobartNecessary Fiction, The Rumpus, The Margins at AAWW, OKD, Little Fiction, and Berkeley Fiction Reviewamong others.

Read some of Anna’s latest fiction online:

“Sara’s Someone” at Wigleaf

“You’re Still You” at OKD

“Tomorrow” at The Margins (Asian American Writers Workshop Flash Fiction Series)

“Doors” at HAD (Hobart After Dark — nominated for the Pushcart Prize)

“Mae and Me” at Catapult (selected for Longform Fiction’s Best of 2018)

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*Book cover art by Carolyn Brandt*