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 The Massachusetts Review blog, TriQuarterly, Louisiana Literature, Roundtable, and other journals.
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 has an abiding interest in nondual meditation, mysticism, and the common underpinnings of the world’s religions.