Alexis Orgera
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“A word after a word / after a word is power.” —Margaret Atwood

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Alexis Orgera is a poet, writer, editor, and publisher. From the time of her first big journey, age 5, her life and work have been influenced by the interplay and tensions between wandering and setting down roots (and obsessing, as a 5-year-old, on how to say "triangle” in the perfect Southern accent in order to fit in).

As co-founder and publisher of Penny Candy Books, Alexis serves as Director of Editorial and Production. Penny Candy Books titles have been recognized on Best of 2018 lists by Kirkus Reviews, the National Council of Teachers of English, School Library Journal, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and have received honors from the Paterson Prize for Books for Young People and the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award.

Alexis is the author of two books of poetry, How Like Foreign Objects and Dust Jacket. Her poems and nonfiction have appeared in numerous journals and magazines and have been nominated several times for Pushcart and Best of the Net Prizes.

She has been a college professor, high school teacher, copyeditor, literary magazine editor, city magazine editor, and freelance writer and editor.

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Alexis is a wonderful editor: smart, engaged, constructive, and always straightforward in addressing issues in a draft. She took on the role of being the gatekeeper in the final push of my novel. I couldn’t have asked for a better partner. She is detailed, careful, and took on my project as her own. Anybody who gets on a revision call in the middle of a hurricane evacuation is an editor who simply won’t be blown off the course.
— Novelist, freelance client





I’m currently facilitating regular poetry and picture book workshops in person through The Refinery Writing Studios. Stay tuned for online workshops coming soon!

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