Alden Jones

Fiction Writer, Creative Nonfiction Writer

Department of Writing, Literature and Publishing Emerson College
Boston, MA 02116

Author's Bio

Alden Jones's most recent book is the critical memoir The Wanting Was a Wilderness, a 2022 Lambda Literary Award finalist. Her previous books are the travel memoir The Blind Masseuse and the story collection Unaccompanied Minors. Her fiction, translations, and essays have appeared in magazines and journals including Agni, The Believer, the Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, The Rumpus, Puerto del Sol, The Smart Set, Gulf Coast, Post Road, and the Best American Travel Writing. With fellow writer Tim Weed, she founded the Cuba Writers Program in 2016. Alden is Writer-in-Residence at Emerson College in Boston, and is also core faculty in the low-residency Newport MFA program at Salve Regina University.

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

Best American Travel Writing (Houghton Mifflin, 2000)
The Wanting Was a Wilderness (Fiction Advocate, 2020)
The Blind Masseuse: A Traveler's Memoir from Costa Rica to Cambodia (University of Wisconsin Press, 2013)


Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet (Press 53, 2014)
Unaccompanied Minors: Stories (New American Press, 2014)
Journals: ,
Barcelona Review
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Puerto del Sol
Prizes won: 

Independent Publishers Book Award, IndieFab Award, New American Fiction Prize

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Born in: 
New York
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New Jersey
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Last update: Jun 15, 2022