Poet, writer, editor, and publisher.
(Animal lover, art maker, wanderer, walker, yoga lover, reader, partner, road-tripper)
A co-founder and publisher, with poet Chad Reynolds, of Penny Candy Books—a children’s book press focusing on diversity and conversation through complex ideas and vibrant language (often through poetry)—Alexis serves as the press’s 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 received honors from the Paterson Prize for Books for Young People and the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award.
She is the author of two books of poetry, How Like Foreign Objects (H_ngm_n Books, 2011) and Dust Jacket (Coconut Books, 2013) and three chapbooks, Illuninatrix; Dear Friends, The Birds Were Wonderful!; and the limited edition Anthem. Her poetry and nonfiction manuscripts have been named finalists in numerous contests including the Ahsahta Press Sawtooth Poetry Prize, Alice James Beatrice Hawley Award, CSU Poetry Center Essay Collection Competition, Four Way Larry Levis Prize, Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize, Nightboat Prize, Tarpaulin Sky Book Award, and the University of Wisconsin Press Brittingham and Pollack Prize, among others. Her memoir-in-fragments, Head Case, is forthcoming.
Her poems and prose have appeared or are forthcoming in journals such as Bennington Review, Black Warrior Review, Carolina Quarterly, Chattahoochee Review, Copper Nickel, Denver Quarterly, Green Mountains Review, Gulf Coast, Hotel Amerika, The Journal, jubilat, Memorious, Prairie Schooner, storySouth, Tarpaulin Sky, Third Coast, and Vinyl and have been nominated several times for Pushcart and Best of the Net Prizes.
Alexis holds a BA in literature from New College of Florida and an MFA in poetry from Emerson College and has taught college writing at Ringling College of Art & Design in Sarasota, Florida; Clark College in Vancouver, Washington; and Savannah State College in Savannah, Georgia. During her time as the Assistant Director of the New College of Florida Writing Resource Center, she also taught creative writing and publishing courses.
In addition, she has been a high school teacher, assistant librarian, copyeditor, literary magazine editor, city magazine editor, and a freelance writer and editor.