Anya Groner’s essays, stories, and poems have appeared in journals including Guernica, The New York Times, Ecotone, The Oxford American, 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 and grants from the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, the Sewanee Writers Conference, and the Louisiana Board of Regents. In 2014, Meridian, a quarterly journal published by the University of Virginia, awarded her the Editor’s Prize for her story “Buster,” which also received a distinguished citation in the Best American Short Stories series. Currently, she is finishing a novel about twin sisters and eco-terrorism set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. An early chapter appears in the Fall/Winter edition of the journal Ninth Letter and a later chapter is available here.
A resident of New Orleans, Groner teaches creative writing to high school students at the NOCCA (the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts) and to adults through the New Orleans Writers Workshop. She’s also taught writing at Loyola University New Orleans, Xavier University of Louisiana, and the University of Mississippi. Before getting her MFA, she worked as an educator for Planned Parenthood in Poughkeepsie, New York.