Alden Jones

Massachusetts, United States

Member Since: 03/02/2011

Alden Jones’s most recent book is The Wanting Was a Wilderness, coming soon from Fiction Advocate. Her story collection, Unaccompanied Minors, won of the New American Fiction Prize, the Lascaux Book Prize, and an Independent Publishers Book Award in Short Fiction. Her memoir, The Blind Masseuse, was a finalist for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award and was named a Top 10 Travel Title by Publishers Weekly. She teaches creative writing and cultural studies at Emerson College and in the Newport MFA Program, and is Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Cuba Writers Program.



Twitter Username: @jones_alden


  • The Blind Masseuse: A Traveler's Memoir from Costa Rica to Cambodia , University of Wisconsin Press (October 15, 2013)
  • Unaccompanied Minors , New American Press (June 15, 2014)


  • Faculty, Department of Writing, Literature and Publishing at Emerson College (September 2000 - )
  • Core Faculty at The Newport MFA (June 2018 - )


  • Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature (English/Spanish) from Brown University (December 1994)
  • Master of Arts in English Lit and Creative Writing from New York University (May 1998)
  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Bennington College (January 2001)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction