About

Anna Vangala Jones is the author of TURMERIC & SUGAR, her debut short story collection forthcoming from Thirty West Publishing in May 2021.

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.

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.