Alexandra Mattraw is a Berkeley poet, curator, and educator whose Celtic 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. She is also the author of four chapbooks, most recently flood psalm, at Dancing Girl Press (2017). Alexandra’s poems and criticism have appeared online and in print at places such as American Letters and Commentary, The Conversant, Denver Quarterly, Diagram, Eleven Eleven, Fourteen Hills, 1913 Journal of Forms, The Poetry Project, 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. A member of the Bay Area Correspondence School (BACS), she and her partner curate an art-centric writing and performance series in Oakland called Lone Glen, now in its seventh year. Alexandra has enjoyed reading her work in collaboration with other artists at venues/series such as Open Books and Margin Shift in Seattle; Mother Foucault’s Books in Portland; and City Lights Books and Litquake in San Francisco.
*author photo by Adam Thorman