Anna is a Southerner at heart. She grew up in Greensboro, North Carolina, and has lived in Wisconsin, Arkansas, Massachusetts, and California. She now lives back in Massachusetts on a small farm.
From 1995 to 2008, she served as part of the resident staff at Rigdzin Ling, the North American seat of the Chagdud Gonpa Foundation, an organization devoted to the study and practice of Vajrayana Buddhism. While there, she worked in Padma Publishing (CGF’s publishing arm) as an associate editor and publicist, acted as coordinator of the Prison Dharma Project, and cooked in the kitchens of Tara House.
She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Her writing has appeared in TriQuarterly, Louisiana Literature, Phoebe, Confrontation, The Sentient Times, and other journals, and has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.
Anna has taught for Boston College, Shasta College, and currently teaches for UMass Amherst’s University Without Walls. Her courses have included Women’s Literature, Dramatic Literature, Creative Writing, Gothic Literature, Survey of British Literature, Gender Studies, Technology and Culture, Writing and Economics, and all levels of College Writing. She enjoys connecting with students of different backgrounds and ages from all over the world.
She completed coach training and certification through Martha Beck, Inc., and has trained and been endorsed as an Anamsong MindBody Coach by Abigail Steidley.
She has an abiding interest in nondual meditation, mysticism, and the common underpinnings of the world’s religions. She enjoys meeting artists and spiritual explorers of all kinds, and hearing about their creative and spirituals paths.