AlexandraAlexandra Mattraw is an Oakland poet, curator, and educator whose Celtic maternal great grandparents made their home in Oakland and its vicinity in the early 1900s. Alexandra’s full length book of poems, small siren, emerges from The Cultural Society in the spring of 2018.  Her fourth chapbook, flood psalm, lives at Dancing Girl Press, and you can find her other three chapbooks at Beard of Bees, Dancing Girl Press, and Achiote Press. Alexandra’s poems and criticism have appeared online and in print at The Poetry Project, American Letters and Commentary, The Conversant, Denver Quarterly, RealPoetik, Fourteen Hills, 1913 Journal of Forms, Barrelhouse, The Volta, Thethepoetry, Cultural Society, Verse, VOLT, and elsewhere.  Her work has also been featured in several art shows and nominated for a Pushcart Prize.  Her full length books have been named finalists for the Colorado Prize for Poetry and the May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize, as well as at competitions through Nightboat Books, Slope Editions, 1913 Press, and elsewhere.   A former Vermont Studio Center resident, she received her MFA in poetry from University of San Francisco and MA in Humanities from University of Chicago.  She enjoys regularly reading her work in venues around the Bay Area, including City Lights Books, St. Mary’s College, and Green Apple Books.  A member of the Bay Area Correspondence School (BACS), she and her partner curate an art-centric writing and performance series called Lone Glen.

*author photo by Adam Thorman

2 Responses to “About”

  1. Susan said

    Hi, Alex!
    Congrats on your web-stie! Great pic above (looks “poetic.”)
    Susan

  2. […] Alexandra Mattraw is a third generation Northern Californian. A former resident of Vermont Studio Center, she received her MFA in poetry from University of San Francisco. Alexandra’s two new chapbooks, in the way of harbors and these threads a sound, are forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press and Beard of Bees this spring. Her recent chapbook, Projection, is available from Achiote Press. Alexandra’s poems and reviews have appeared in American Letters and Commentary, Denver Quarterly, alice blue, Seneca Review, Word For/Word, Cultural Society, Shampoo, Verse, VOLT, and elsewhere. Her work has also been featured in several art shows and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her manuscript, honest as any treeless place, has been named a finalist in three separate competitions through Nightboat Books, 1913 Press, and the May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize. Alexandra earned her BA in English from UCLA and her MA in Humanities from University of Chicago. She lives with her husband in Oakland, where they run a writing and art reading and lecture series called Lone Glen. […]

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