Busy reading, circa 1984

Busy reading, circa 1984


Anna Vodicka is a freelance writer and teacher based in Seattle. Her travel writing and creative nonfiction have appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies, including AFAR, Brevity, Guernica, Harvard Review, The Iowa Review, Lonely Planet's An Innocent Abroad, Longreads, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Paste, and Shenandoah.

Anna grew up in northern Wisconsin, in an unincorporated town of less than 1,000 people, in a county of over 1,000 lakes. Her first trip abroad was to the Czech Republic, where "Vodicka" means "little water." Since then, she has lived on the East Coast and West, in South America and Spain, and most recently, the island nation of Palau. She earned a BA in English and Spanish from Tufts University and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Idaho. She is currently at work on her first book and teaching at Seattle's Hugo House and the Women's Creative Writing program at the King County Jail.  

Recent awards & honors include:

  • Best Women's Travel Writing 2017
  • Solas Awards Grand Prize for Best Travel Writing 2017
  • Notable essays in Best American Essays & Best American Travel Writing
  • Nominated by AFAR magazine for a James Beard Award
  • First-place winner, The Missouri Review Audio Competition for prose
  • Pushcart Prize Special Mention
  • Grant support from Artist Trust, the Barbara Deming Memorial/Money for Women Fund, the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, and 4Culture
  •  Vermont Studio Center Fellowship
  • 2017 Hedgebrook residency