Anna Rollins's memoir, Famished (forthcoming from Eerdmans), challenges scripts that encourage women to take up less space and not trust their own bodies, messages that are common in both diet and purity culture. 

Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Slate, Salon Electric Literature, Joyland, Shondaland, NBCNews, HuffPost, Newsweek, and Insider, among other outlets. Her poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart prize. 

A lifelong Appalachian, she lives with her husband and children in Huntington, West Virginia where she directs the Writing Center at Marshall University. In her scholarly work, she has written on writing center studies and advising at-risk students in higher education. 

She is represented by Morgan Strehlow at the Bindery Agency. 

During the year 2024, she is writing a free monthly series on Substack called "Path to Publication." In it, she discusses the craft and strategies that went into publishing pieces in popular outlets. Subscribe here.



"My Family Visited a Town Where Cellphones Aren't Allowed" on Insider

"The Best New Years Resolution I Ever Made Was to Exercise Less" on HuffPost

"I Vicariously Visit the Mall with the Olsen Twins to Escape" on Shondaland

See the Light?" on the New York Times

"My Husband Was a COVID Doctor, and My Son Was High Risk" on Insider

"My Toddler was Hospitalized with RSV and is Now Terrified of Going to the Doctor. Here's How I Help Him'" on Insider

"Put Your Kid in Charge of Elf on the Shelf" on TinyBeans

"Becoming a Mom Made Me Feel Like the Most Boring Person on the Planet" on TinyBeans

"Running Away to Scroll Social Media Somehow Became My Parenting Go-To" on TinyBeans

"I Turned Cleaning Into a Game -- And Now My Kids Love Helping Out" on Reader's Digest

"Billy Blanks’s Tae Bo Videos Were My Go-To Workout as a Teenager. They’re Still a Fun, High-Energy Release Today" on Well+Good

"When I Fall Short as a Mom, It’s Really a Gift to Other Parents" on TinyBeans

"I'm Unapologetically Saying Yes to the School Cafeteria Lunch" on TinyBeans

"Goodnight Noises Everywhere" on Literary Mama

"How an Unusual Creative Project Cured My Clothing Addiction" on YourTango

"Dog Gone" on Dorothy Parker's Ashes

"The Best Holiday Memories are Often the Worst Experiences" on TinyBeans

"Sunday School Taught Me To Pitch Personal Essays" on Brevity Blog

"I Close My Eyes for 20 Minutes Each Day" on Shondaland

"I Gaslit Myself About a Lump. It Could Have Been Fatal" on Newsweek

"I Stopped Folding Laundry to Prepare for My Third Baby" on Motherly

"I Hated When Other Moms Told Me to 'Just Wait.' And Now I Do It" on TODAY

"I Gave Up Creative Writing for a Decade" on Brevity Blog

"Seeing Our Children in Art" on MER Literary 

"In Defense of the Unplugged Run" on PS

"The Unexpected Downsides of Exercise Snacks" on Well+Good

"I Drastically Changed My New Year's Resolutions -- the Results Were Amazing" on Newsweek

"Breathing Easy" on Literary Mama