Austin Alexis, poet, in Residence in August

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This is what Austin says about his upcoming residency: 

     At Dragon’s Egg, I [Austin Alexis] plan to work on writing a full-length play. I already have thirty-four pages of a first draft, and plan to make substantial progress on the script while I’m in residence. The play is non-realistic in its presentation, but is loosely based on real-life news events that happened in the 1990s. I also plan to rewrite some linked short stories I’ve been working on. The setting of some of the stories is Upstate New York (such as Woodstock), so rural Connecticut should be stim51D5XQXVKQL UY250ulating for me and will feed into this project.


Austin Alexis is the author of Privacy Issues, winner of the 20th Annual Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award, and also two chapbooks, both published by Poets Wear Prada: Lovers and Drag Queens (2007) and For Lincoln and Other Poems (2010). His fiction, poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in a variety of journals, including Kansas Quarterly, Connecticut River Review, Barrow Street , The Journal, The Pedestal Magazine, The Big Spoon (Ireland), Red River Review, Candelabrum Poetry Magazine (Britain), The Arts Cure, Tuesday Shorts, Poetry Now, Lips, Danse Macabre and others. His works have appeared in a number of anthologies, such as Chopin with Cherries, Off the Cuffs (Soft Skull Press), Vwa, Dinner with the Muse, And We the Creatures, Empty Shoes:Poems on the Hungry and the Homeless (Popcorn Press) and Bowl of Stories (Oregon Council of Teachers Prize Publication). Some of his theatre, film and dance reviews have been translated into Japanese. One of his plays was selected for the Samuel French Short Plays Festival. He has received a Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Scholarship, a Millay Colony for the Arts Residency, an Allen Ginsberg Award Honorable Mention and a prize connected with the Poets for Forests Competition. He has taught at Hunter College, Long Island University (Brooklyn Campus), Empire State College and in an NEA-funded literature program for the Jamaica Queens Center for Arts and Learning. He reads his work at many venues, including Cornelia Street Cafe, The Bowery Poetry Club, The Back Fence, Space on White, Internet and conventional radio, and cable television. Some of his fiction and poems have been used as texts for modern dance performances. He lives in Manhattan and continues to write fiction, poetry and reviews.      

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