Adrienn Mendonca-Jones is a writer, teacher, copy editor, and folklorist living in the Monterey Bay area, where she teaches at California State University Monterey Bay. She is currently putting the finishing touches on her first major work of historical fiction, a novel about the early life of Beatrice Wood.
Adrienn is a graduate of the MFA program in Creative Writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University, a private university with college campuses in New Jersey, England, and Canada. She completed FDU’s low-residency MFA program–led by her friend and mentor, René Steinke (a nominee for the National Book Award and a recent Guggenheim awardee)–in January 2018, and received her MFA degree in May 2018.
Adrienn served as the Editorial Assistant for the publications department at the de Young Museum and Legion of Honor in San Francisco. She is the former state folklorist for Georgia and holds an advanced degree in historic preservation, along with undergraduate work in English literature and cultural studies. She is a former reader for TLR, The Literary Review of FDU, one of the oldest literary magazines in the United States.
Adrienn is a 200-hour certified yoga teacher and maintains an active teaching certification through Yoga Alliance. You can find out more about her at Misfit Yoga, where she writes an occasional blog reviewing spiritual and yoga books. The daughter of a painter, she is a writer who loves art and plays with encaustic art whenever she can.