Anya Groner’s essays, stories, and poems have appeared in journals including Guernica, Gigantic, The Oxford American, The Rumpus, and The Atlantic. She received her MFA in fiction from the University of Mississippi where she was a John and Renee Grisham Fellow and has since been awarded scholarships from the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and the Sewanee Writers Conference. In 2014, Meridian, a quarterly journal published by the University of Virginia, awarded her the Editor’s Prize for her story “Buster.” Currently, she is finishing a novel about twin sisters and eco-terrorism set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. The first chapter appeared in the Fall/Winter edition of the journal Ninth Letter and a later chapter is available at here.
A resident of Louisiana, Groner teaches writing at Loyola University and is a fiction editor for Terrain.org and the book review editor for the New Orleans Review. Before getting her MFA, she taught sex education for Planned Parenthood in Poughkeepsie, New York.