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, Production, and Technology. 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 one Paterson Prize for Books for Young People, Honor Book.
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 or semi-finalists in numerous contests including the Ahsahta Press Sawtooth Poetry Prize, Alice James Beatrice Hawley Award, Akron Poetry Prize, Crab Orchard Series, CSU Poetry Center Essay Collection Competition, Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize, Persea Lexi Rudnitsky Prize, and the University of Wisconsin Press Brittingham and Pollack Prize.
Her poems and prose have appeared in journals such as Black Warrior Review, Carolina Quarterly, Copper Nickel, Denver Quarterly, Green Mountains Review, Gulf Coast, The Journal, jubilat, Memorious, Prairie Schooner, storySouth, Tarpaulin Sky, 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.