Anna Journey is an American poet and essayist. She’s the author of four books of poems: The Judas Ear (LSU Press, 2022), The Atheist Wore Goat Silk (LSU Press, 2017), Vulgar Remedies (LSU Press, 2013), and If Birds Gather Your Hair for Nesting (University of Georgia Press, 2009), which was selected by Thomas Lux for the National Poetry Series. She’s also published the essay collection An Arrangement of Skin (Counterpoint, 2017).
Her poems appear in American Poetry Review, The Best American Poetry, FIELD, The Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review, The New Yorker, Prairie Schooner, The Southern Review, and elsewhere. Her essays have been published in AGNI, The Believer, The Southern Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and Utne Reader. Journey has received fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Yaddo.
Journey holds a Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Houston, as well as a B.F.A. in Art Education and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing, both from Virginia Commonwealth University. Originally from Fairfax, Virginia, she lives in Marina del Rey, California, with her spouse David St. John and teaches creative writing and literature as an associate professor of English at the University of Southern California.