Anna Journey

Associate Professor of English
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Anna Journey is the author of the poetry collections Vulgar Remedies (Louisiana State University Press, 2013) and If Birds Gather Your Hair for Nesting (University of Georgia Press, 2009), which was selected by Thomas Lux for the National Poetry Series.

Her poems have been published in American Poetry ReviewThe Best American Poetry, Blackbird, FIELDThe Kenyon Review, and The Southern Review. Her creative nonfiction appears in AGNIThe Antioch ReviewBrevityPrairie SchoonerThe Southern Review, and Utne Reader, and her criticism appears in American Poetry ReviewFIELDKenyon Review Online, Parnassus, and Plath Profiles. Journey has received fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the Corporation of Yaddo, the National Endowment for the Arts, and elsewhere.

Having spent the first seven years of her life in South Asia—five in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and two in New Delhi, India—Journey came to the United States in the late 1980s and settled in Fairfax, Virginia. At eighteen, she moved to Richmond, Virginia, where she resided for eight years, studying ceramics as an undergraduate student and poetry as a graduate student, at VCU. For much of her time in Richmond, Journey lived across the street from Hollywood Cemetery: a sprawling, magnolia-filled graveyard, dating from the 1840s, which overlooks the James River.

Journey holds a Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Houston, as well as a B.F.A. in Art Education and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing, both from Virginia Commonwealth University. She lives in Venice, California, and she teaches creative writing and literature as an assistant professor of English at the University of Southern California.


  • Ph.D. Creative Writing and Literature, University of Houston, 2010
  • M.F.A. Creative Writing, Virginia Commonwealth U., 2007
  • BFA Art Education, Virginia Commonwealth U., 2004