About

Anna Vangala Jones is the author of Turmeric & Sugar, her debut short story collection, forthcoming from Thirty West Publishing in May 2021. The book is now available for preorder! You can purchase your copy here: Thirty West Shop — Turmeric & Sugar.

More Advance Praise for Turmeric & Sugar {Stories}:

The characters in Anna Vangala Jones’s story collection, Turmeric & Sugar, glide along through unexpected connections, hauntings, lost bodies—whether through death or desertion—all with a delicate feathery grip on the world. Each story is peppered with luxurious details that transport, turning objects into living fleshy things that tether the characters and the reader to the page. These stories stay with you long after they’re read, hovering near, keeping a hold, just like the spirits and souls written about within them.

— Melissa Ragsly, author of We Know This Will All Disappear.

Turmeric & Sugar is the long-awaited debut collection by one of my favorite short story writers. Anna Vangala Jones masterfully moves through the thoughts, moods, and insightful observations in a series of beautiful, memorable stories. She creates a world of nuanced and complex characters in sensory-soaked details with great skill and precision. Turmeric & Sugar is an enriching collection from a hugely talented writer, not to be missed.

— Tara Isabel Zambrano, author of Death, Desire, and Other Destinations.

Anna Vangala Jones’s Turmeric & Sugar is a collection of stories that feel like invitations: “Come in, make yourself comfortable, let me show you around.” Her gift for getting to the heart of her characters pulls the reader into each world she describes, each whole, beautiful life. In this collection, Jones hasn’t just created characters—she has revealed their worlds, their souls, their truths, their stories.

— Cathy Ulrich, author of Ghosts of You.

About the Author

Anna’s fiction, creative nonfiction, interviews, and essays have appeared in print and online publications such as Catapult, Wigleaf, The Rumpus, Little FictionBerkeley Fiction Review, AAWW’s The MarginsNecessary Fiction, X-R-A-Y, Hobart, HAD, Jellyfish Review, New Flash Fiction ReviewBarren MagazinePidgeonholes, The MacGuffin, Blue Fifth Review, OKD, Boston Accent Lit, Riggwelter Press, Sea Foam Mag, FlashFlood Journal, and Fiction Southeast.

Her short story, “Mae and Me”, published in Catapult, was selected for inclusion in Longform Fiction’s Best of 2018 collection. Her short story, “Doors”, was nominated for the 2022 Pushcart Prize by HAD, the new companion journal to Hobart. Her short story, “You Don’t Have a Place Here” was nominated for the 2021 Pushcart Prize by OKD. Her short story, “Echo”, was nominated for the Best Small Fictions 2020 Anthology by Jellyfish Review. Her short story, “Tape and Glue”, was nominated for the 2020 Pushcart Prize by The MacGuffin. Her creative nonfiction piece, “(re)Naming”, was nominated for the 2018 Best of the Net Anthology by The Brown Orient.

She earned honorable mention in both of Glimmer Train’s 2017 Fiction Opens and the 44th New Millennium Writings Awards, was a finalist in Gigantic Sequins’ 2017 Flash Fiction Contest, and a semi-finalist in the 2017 American Short Fiction Prize and Ruminate’s 2017 William Van Dyke Short Story Prize.

She is at work on a novel.

She served as Fiction Editor at Lunch Ticket and as an Editorial Assistant on the Fiction team at Split Lip Magazine, and as Social Media Coordinator at Pidgeonholes.

Sukhmony Brar interviewed Anna about her forthcoming debut short story collection, Turmeric & Sugar, for Berkeley Fiction Review here: A Case for “the surreal and the strange”: Interview with Anna Vangala Jones, Sudden Fiction Guest Judge.

You can read about her writing process and thoughts on flash fiction in an interview with writer Tommy Dean here: Mini-Interview with Anna Vangala Jones.

Anna was born in India but raised in Pennsylvania. She earned her BA from Haverford College in English Literature and her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University in English Education. She spent a semester abroad at The University of Aberdeen in Scotland and she studied Fiction in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.

Anna taught English Literature, Creative Writing, Social Justice humanities, and ESL to middle and high school students in Pennsylvania, New York City, and Los Angeles for nearly ten years.

Past Events:

Friday, November 1 – Reading with Cathy Ulrich at the book launch for GHOSTS OF YOU, along with Ben Loory, Marisa Crane, Steve Chang, and Brian Dau. Stories Books and Cafe. Echo Park, CA. 8:00pm.

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