Posted by Anjuelle Floyd
Anjuelle Floyd is a wife of thirty-two years, mother of three, abstract painter, and licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in Mother-Daughter Relations and Dreams.
She is the author of a collection of short stories, Keeper of Secrets … Translations of an Incident (2007,) and three novels, The House (2010,) Seasons in Purdah (2012) and When the Drum Major Died (2014.)
Anjuelle’s short stories and novels turn on the dynamics of women for whom life challenges impel them to examine the flawed relationships with their mothers in an effort to improve connections and interactions with their husbands and intimates.
Anjuelle’s novel, The House (October 2010) earned recognition in two genre’s of the 2011 Readers’ Favorite Awards: Honorable in Christian Fiction, and Finalist in Dramatic Fiction.
A graduate of Duke University, she received her MA in Counseling Psychology from The California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco.
She has attended the Dominican Institute of Philosophy and Theology at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, and received her MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College, Port Townsend, Washington.
The Spring 2006 Issue of The Pitkin Review, literary journal of Goddard College MFA Program in Writing, lists, along with other works, Anjuelle’s short story, The Kingdom of Heaven in the prose/fiction section.
The 2008 Issue of Windhover, the literary journal of Mary Hardin-Baylor published, along with works by other writers, Anjuelle’s short story, Eucharist, that Kaleidoscope Magazine, the journal for the United Disabilities Services subsequently featured in their July 2009 Issue.
A student of Process Painting for the last decade, Anjuelle has participated in The Art of Living Black Exhibitions 2004–2014 held at the Richmond Art Center, Richmond, California. On January 9th, 2013, Anjuelle received the Jan Hart-Schuyers Award for her painting, Intimacy I, exhibited during the 2013 Exhibition of the Art of Living Black.
Anjuelle was one of four authors who participated in the 20th Annual Berkeley/Oakland YWCA Festival of Women Authors, February 1, 2014.
Anjuelle facilitates writing groups and provides individual consultation of fiction projects. She also gives talks on Mother-Daughter Relations and The Healing Power of Mothers Loving Their Daughters Unconditionally, The Need for Family, The Writing Process as a Path Toward Self-discovery and Healing.
Workshops and Courses Anjuelle Has Attended
Amherst Writing Workshop
Pacific School of Religion|Graduate Theological Seminary, Berkeley, CA
Participated in 5-day workshop conducted by Pat Schneider, author
of Writing Alone and With Others, How the Light Gets In: Writing As a Spiritual Practice, The Writer as An Artist, War From Jungle to Desert, and the founder of the Amherst Writing Method at The Pacific School of Religion at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA.
Amherst Writers & Artists
Studied under Jewell Parker Rhodes, author of Voodoo Dreams, Magic
City, Douglass’ Women: A Novel, The Ninth Ward, Sugar, Yellow Moon, Voodoo Season, Free Within Ourselves, Magic City, Porch Stories: A Grandmother’s Guide to Happiness.
Attended The Voices of Our Nations Writing Workshops
and participated in Writers residency led by David Mura, author of
Turning Japanese: Memoirs of a Sansei, The Colors of Desire: Poems, Where Body Meets Memory: An Odyssey of Race, Sexuality and Identity, Famous Suicides of the Japanese Empire, A Male Grief: Notes on Pornography and Addiction.
Studied under Bay Area poet, Clive Matson
(During each ten-week cycle conducted three times each year, I participated in a weekly workshop that included poets, fiction and creative non-fiction writers and two novel workshops that met every other week. I concurrently participated in novel writing workshop that met bi-weekly.)
Clive Matson holds an MFA from Columbia University and is co-editor of a collection of 911 poetry, An Eye for an
Eye Leaves the Whole World Blind. He received the Pen Oakland—
Josephine Miles Award in 2003 for this work.
In 2006 Clive was voted Best Writing Teacher in the East Bay Express 2006.
Participated in an 8-week San Francisco Fiction Workshop conducted by Tom Jenks Former editor of Esquire Magazine and his wife, Carol Edgarian. Tom and Carol are editors of the newly formed online publication of literary fiction, Narrative Magazine.
Attended The Voices of Our Nations Writing Workshops held at
The University of San Francisco, SF California
Studied under Gail Tsukiyama, author of The Samurai’s Garden: A Novel, A Hundred Flowers: A Novel, Women of the Silk: A Novel, Dreaming Water, The Street of a Thousand Blossoms, The Language of Threads, Night of Many Dreams: A Novel,
Chitra Divakaruni, author of Mistress of Spices: A Novel, Queen of Dreams, Neela: Victory Song (Girls of Many Lands,) The Unknown Errors of Our Lives: Stories, Grandma and The Great Gourd: A Bengali Folktale, The Conch Bearer (Brotherhood of the Conch,) The Vine of Desire: A Novel, Arranged Marriage: Stories, The Palace of Illusions: A Novel, One Amazing Thing, Sister of My Heart: A Novel, Oleander Girl: A Novel, Leaving Yuba City: Poems.
Studied under Chris Abani, author of Graceland, Becoming Abigail, The Virgin of Flames, Song for Night, Daphne’s Lot, and Santificum.
VONA (Voices of Our Nations Writing Workshops)
Voices of Our Nations @ the University of San Francisco, SF, CA
Voices of Our Nations in San Francisco, CA. Studied under Chris Abani, author of
Graceland, Daphne’s Lot, Becoming Abigail, and presently, The Virgin of Flames Song for Night and Santificum.
Participated once more in Writers’ Residency led by David Mura.
Writers’ Digest University Classes and Tutorials
January 2006– present
Teachers under whom I have studied at Writers’ Digest University
- Celia Leamon
- Terri Valentine
- Karlyn Thayer (deceased)
- Bonnie Hearn Hill
- Carole Bugge
- Mark Spencer
- Miki Hayden
- Larry Brooks