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 of Penny Candy Books, Alexis serves as editorial and production director. 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. Her memoir-in-fragments, Head Case, is forthcoming.
She has been a college professor, high school teacher, copyeditor, literary magazine editor, city magazine editor, and freelance writer and editor.