Anna Citrino

A native Californian, I was born in eastern San Diego County, though I’ve lived in various countries since 1991–Turkey, Kuwait, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, India, and the United Kingdom. Currently, I live amongst the redwoods in California’s Santa Cruz mountains with my husband, Michael Citrino teacher, artist, gardener, and blues harmonica player.

Scuba diving, bicycling, and travel are some of my most favorite activities. I write often about place, listening for the voices that arise from the places where the inner journey greets the outer journey. I love being out of doors under an open, blue sky.

Together with Michael Citrino and also Richard and Catherine Frazier I’ve done volunteer work in teacher training for teachers at the Tibetan Children’s Village schools in India, as well as teachers in Ladakh, India. You can learn more about this work at this site Partners in Education

I received my MA from the Bread Loaf School of English in Vermont, and have participated in various writing workshops and creativity conferences including the Bard Institute for Writing and Thinking, Flight of the Mind with Lucille Clifton and Toi Derricotte, and the Kenyon Review Writer’s Workshop with Linda Gregerson, Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Magdalena Montagne, and have  studied poetry with Nicholas Samaras,  Carol Oles.  Also, writing poetry for children workshop with Georgia Heard and Rebecca Kai Dotlich,

My chapter, “E-mail Publication Projects,” appears in Chris Weber’s book, Publishing With Students, published by Heinemann.

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In this short film, The Writing Life, made by Adrian Juric, I speak more about the value of writing and my work and purpose as a writer.


Anna Citrino grew up in San Diego County and taught abroad in international schools in the countries of Turkey, Kuwait, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, India and the United Kingdom. Her current home is Soquel, California. A graduate of the Bread Loaf School of English in Vermont, Ms. Citrino’s work has appeared in various literary journals including The Adirondack Review, Bellowing Ark, Calyx, Canary, Earth’s Daughters, Evening Street Review, La Piccioletta Barca, Paterson Literary Review, phren-z, Poppy Road Review, Rockvale Review, and Spillway, among other publications. Anna was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2019, and she is the chapbook author of Saudade and To Find A River. Her book, A Space Between, is published with Bordighera Press. Her book of poem about scuba diving, Buoyant, to be published with Bellowing Ark is forthcoming. You can read more of Anna’s writing at

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