Alden Jones

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Alden Jones
Born New York City
Occupation writer
Citizenship United States
Genre Fiction, memoir
Notable works The Blind Masseuse: A Traveler's Memoir from Costa Rica to Cambodia (memoir, 2013), Unaccompanied Minors (short story collection, 2014)
Notable awards Independent Publisher Book Awards, New American Fiction Prize

Alden Jones (born June 5, 1972) is an American writer.


Jones was born in New York City and raised in Montclair, New Jersey.[1] She graduated from Brown University. She spent a year in Costa Rica as a volunteer English teacher for WorldTeach. While she pursued graduate studies in Creative Writing at New York University and Bennington College, Jones traveled abroad frequently as a teacher and trip organizer to countries including Cuba, Costa Rica, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, and France,[2] and wrote regularly for the travel section of Time Out New York. In 2006 she was a Visiting English Professor on Semester at Sea.[3] She is on the faculty of Writing, Literature and Publishing at Emerson College, where she was awarded the 2016 Alan L. Stanzler Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Writing career[edit]

Jones's travel essay, "Lard is Good For You," appeared in the inaugural edition of Best American Travel Writing, edited by Bill Bryson.[4] Her short stories and essays have appeared in AGNI,[5] Prairie Schooner, Post Road, the Iowa Review, The Rumpus, and other magazines. In 2013 her travel memoir, The Blind Masseuse: A Traveler's Memoir from Costa Rica to Cambodia, was published by the University of Wisconsin Press. The Blind Masseuse explores the ethics of traveling as an American abroad and was named Recommended Reading by PEN American Center[6] and a Top Ten Travel Title of 2013 by Publishers Weekly.[7] Her story collection, Unaccompanied Minors, won the 2013 New American Fiction Prize and was named by the Star-Ledger's Jacqueline Cutler as one of the "Ten Best Books of 2014 by New Jersey Authors."[8]



  • The Blind Masseuse: A Traveler's Memoir from Costa Rica to Cambodia (2013)
  • Unaccompanied Minors (2014)


  1. ^ "Book Review – THE BLIND MASSEUSE by Alden Jones | Booklover Book Reviews". Booklover Book Reviews. 2013-12-12. Retrieved 2016-04-26. 
  2. ^ "Temporary Environments: An Interview with Alden Jones". Fiction Writers Review. Retrieved 2016-04-26. 
  3. ^ "Author Alden Jones Explores The Motivation to Travel". Have Tote Will Travel | Nicole Meier. 2013-12-12. Retrieved 2016-04-26. 
  4. ^ Wilson, Jason; Bryson, Bill, eds. (2000-10-26). The Best American Travel Writing 2000 (2000 ed.). Boston, MA: Mariner Books. ISBN 9780618074679. 
  5. ^ "AGNI Online: Heathens by Alden Jones". Retrieved 2016-04-26. 
  6. ^ "Recommended Reading: Art of the Essay | PEN American Center". Retrieved 2016-04-26. 
  7. ^ "Fall 2013 Announcements: Travel - A Slow Boat to China..." Retrieved 2016-04-26. 
  8. ^ "The very best from N.J. authors in 2014". Retrieved 2016-04-26. 
  9. ^ "The Blind Masseuse is a Foreword Reviews' 2013 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award Winner". Foreword Reviews. Retrieved 2016-04-26.