Anya Groner’s essays, stories, and poems have appeared in journals including Guernica, The New York Times, Ecotone, The Oxford American, Orion Magazine 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, The Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, and the Louisiana Board of Regents. Meridian, a quarterly journal published by the University of Virginia, awarded her the Editor’s Prize for her story “Buster.” Her writing has also received distinguished recognition in Best American Short Stories 2015, Best American Travel Writing 2019 and Best American Science Writing 2019. A resident of New Orleans, Groner is the chair of the creative writing department at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and is a founding member of New Orleans Writers Workshop. She’s also taught writing at Loyola University New Orleans, Xavier University of Louisiana, and the University of Mississippi.