Alden Jones

Senior Affiliated Faculty
Pronouns: (She/Her/Hers)

Alden Jones is the author of The Blind Masseuse: A Traveler's Memoir from Costa Rica to Cambodia, called the "Best travel book of 2013" by The Huffington Post and a Top Ten Travel Title of the Season by Publishers Weekly, and the story collection Unaccompanied Minors, winner of the New American Fiction Prize. The Wanting Was a Wilderness, a hybrid work of criticism and memoir, is forthcoming. Her short works of fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The Rumpus, New York MagazineThe Believer, Agni, Post Road, The Barcelona Review, Prairie Schooner, Gulf CoastIowa Review, and Best American Travel Writing. She is the co-founder and co-director of the Cuba Writers Program. In addition to teaching at Emerson, she is a core faculty member of the Newport MFA program. She was honored with the 2016 Alan L. Stanzler Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Unaccompanied Minors book jacket The Blind Masseuse book jacket


  • Writing Literature & Publishing
    Since 2000


B.A., Brown University
M.A., New York University
M.F.A., Bennington College

Global & Civic Engagement

Visiting Professor of English, Semester at Sea


Co-Founder and Co-Director, The Cuba Writers Program


Awards & Honors

New American Fiction Prize


Bisexual Book Award in Memoir/Nonfiction


PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay Longlist


The Edmund White Award for LGBT Debut Fiction Finalist


Lascaux Book Prize