Philippine Affiliation: Likhaan, University of the Philippines Institute of Creative Writing; Department of English & Kritika Kultura, Ateneo de Manila University; Tiempo Creative Writing Center, Siliman University
U.S. Affiliation: Rutgers University, Newark, NJ
Anna Alves was born in Elmhurst, Queens, NYC, and raised in South Sacramento, CA. She holds a B.A. in English and History and M.A. in Asian American Studies from the University of California at Los Angeles, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Rutgers University at Newark, and is currently researching and writing her dissertation toward a Ph.D in American Studies, also at Rutgers-Newark. Anna is interested in transpacific literary relations in Filipino fiction writing in English, in and between the United States and the Philippines, and its associated cultural politics of craft and aesthetics. She was a PEN Center USA West Emerging Voices Fellow in fiction, was twice awarded the Manuel G.Flores Prize Scholarship from Philippine American Writers and Artists (PAWA), and has also twice been a Kundiman Literary Arts Fiction Fellow. She has been granted writing residencies at Hedgebrook, Voices of Our Nation‘s Arts (VONA), Las Dos Brujas Workshop at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico, and the N. V. M. and Narita Gonzalez Writers’ Workshop in both the U. S. and the Philippines. Her writing has appeared in Amerasia Journal, Tilting the Continent: Southeast Asian American Writing, Strange Cargo: The Emerging Voices Anthology, Kartika Review, Our Own Voice: Filipinos in the Diaspora e-zine, Dismantle: an anthology of writing from the Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation, Empire of Funk: Hip Hop and Representation in Filipino America, the Encyclopedia of Asian American Folklore and Folklife, and Kuwento: Lost Things — anthology of new philippine myths. After a philanthropic career as a Program Associate in Media, Arts and Culture at The Ford Foundation in New York City (where she coordinated and edited the national report, Towards a Cultural Community: Identity, Education and Stewardship in Filipino American Performing Arts); a Program Manager at the Asian Pacific Fund in San Francisco, CA; and as a freelance consultant contributing to several projects around hip-hop aesthetics, particularly Total Chaos: The Art And Aesthetics of Hip-Hop, edited by Jeff Chang, she was Staff and Programs Manager at the UCLA Academic Advancement Program’s Graduate Mentoring Program (GMP). As a M.F.A. student, she taught English Composition to first-year students at Rutgers-Newark. As a Ph.D candidate, she has taught university courses in Asian American history and experiences as well as Asian American literature. After living and creating for several years in Jersey City, New Jersey, in pursuit of her creative and intellectual passions, this lifelong UCLA Bruin and fervent Los Angeles Dodgers fan is delighted to now be based in Manila for her 2018-2019 Fulbright experience.