Busy reading, circa 1984

Busy reading, circa 1984

Bio

Anna Vodicka is a freelance writer and teacher based in Seattle. Her essays, travel writing, and creative nonfiction have appeared in a variety of magazines, literary journals and anthologies, including AFAR, Best Women's Travel Writing 2017, Brevity, Guernica, Harvard Review, The Iowa Review, Lonely Planet's An Innocent Abroad, Longreads, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Ninth Letter and Shenandoah.

Her writing has won The Missouri Review Audio Competition for prose, Grand Prize Solas Awards for Best Travel Writing 2017,  Best American Essays notables, and Pushcart Prize Special Mention. She is grateful for generous grant support of Artist Trust, the Barbara Deming Memorial/Money for Women Fund, the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, and 4Culture, and to the artist residencies who have supported her work through fellowships to Vermont Studio Center and Hedgebrook.

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, where she taught composition and creative writing for three years. 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.