Anna Alves

Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Creative Non-Fiction

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About Anna Alves

A UCLA Bruin and LA Dodgers fan, Anna Alves’ writing appears in academic and literary journals, online ‘zines and an encyclopedia. She taught English Composition to first-year university students, college courses in Asian American history and literature, and an after-school high school creative writing class. A past PEN America Emerging Voices Fellow, she has received writing residencies at Hedgebrook, Voices of Our Nation‘s Arts (VONA), and the Kundiman Asian American Literary Workshop. She was a US Fulbright scholar in the Philippines in 2018-2019 and taught an undergraduate fiction workshop while serving as copy editor of the academic journal Kritika Kultura at the Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City, Philippines. She earned her BA, English and History, and MA, Asian American Studies, from UCLA and MFA, Creative Writing, from Rutgers University at Newark, where she is also a doctoral candidate in the American Studies PhD program.

What I've done

Known for work with books around hip-hop aesthetics (Who We Be: The Colorization of America by Jeff Chang, St. Martin’s Press 2014, and Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip-Hop, ed. by Jeff Chang, Basic Civitas Books 2007); foundation reports in the national U. S. arts and culture sector (“Case Study: The Living Word Project” for Report to the Association of Performing Arts Presenters’ Ensemble Theater Collaborations Grant Program 2005-2008 by Caron Atlas, et al.); projects around Filipino American arts, identity and aesthetics (Towards A Cultural Community: Identity, Education and Stewardship in Filipino American Performing Arts by Reme Grefalda, Anna Alves, Lucy Burns and Theodore Gonzalves, 2003, the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) with support from The Ford Foundation); winner of several national and international writing residencies (Hedgebrook, VONA, and Kundiman); and a Fulbright scholar focusing on transpacific Filipino writing in English and literary transmission.

Who I work with

I would like to work with folks who need an evaluative editor, copyreader and/or proofreader for their academic theses, dissertations, journal articles or short stories, creative pieces, and/or novel chapters/manuscripts. I especially like working with beginning or intermediate writers and/or first-generation undergrad and grad students/scholars/writers because I enjoy mentoring, supporting, and bolstering their process and journey toward their desired intellectual and creative paths. However, I also enjoy working with peers already established in academia or the literary field that need supplemental support for their work.


  • Editing
  • Copyediting/Proofreading
  • Manuscript evaluation (creative or academic)
  • Writing grant proposals, reports, summaries, or short articles
  • Ghostwriting for creative projects