Alexandria Peary (MFA, MFA, Ph.D.) maintains a dual career in creative writing and composition-rhetoric and has distinguished herself as a specialist in what makes writers function. She is 100% committed to helping other people increase their writing confidence, enjoyment, and success. Alexandria is the author of six books and has published over 150 shorter pieces in leading literary and scholarly journals. Her writing has received accolades including the Iowa Poetry Prize, Slope Editions Book Prize, a Pushcart nomination, and the Joseph Langland Award from the Academy of American Poets.
As a creative writer, she holds a MFA from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and a second MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her poetry books are Control Bird Alt Delete (University of Iowa); Lid to the Shadow (Slope Editions); and Fall Foliage Called Bathers & Dancers (Backwaters Press). Her poetry and nonfiction have appeared in journals including the Yale Review, North American Review, Crazyhorse, Boston Review, Gettysburg Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, New England Review, Meridian, New American Writing, Volt, and the Denver Quarterly. As a scholar and a teacher, Alexandria is on a mission to reduce writing apprehension through her book publications; her blog (www.prolificmoment.com), which enjoys an international following; her scholarly articles, published in top-tier journals in the field and nominated for awards; and the many invited talks and conference presentations she has given to teachers and professional writers on the topic of writing fluency and ease. Her most recent book, Prolific Moment: Theory and Practice of Mindfulness for Writing, explores how to increase student writers’ self-confidence through mindfulness, to be issued by Routledge in June 2018. Her other scholarly book, Creative Writing Pedagogies for the Twenty-First Century, edited with Tom C. Hunley, was nominated for the CCCC Outstanding Book Award and is the first comprehensive collection of pedagogies for the creative writing classroom. She is also listed at the Poetry Foundation: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/alexandria-peary.
Alexandria is a tenured full Professor and the First-Year Writing Coordinator in the English Department at Salem State University where she oversees the freshman writing curriculum and trains faculty. In addition to twenty-two years’ classroom teaching, Alexandria has seventeen years’ experience as a Writing Program Administrator, directing writing programs at a small private college and a public university, and designing curriculum and faculty training initiatives. Her approach to writers and writing is based on her interactions with thousands of people from a diverse range of backgrounds and abilities. In 2013, she was nominated by students as Outstanding Teacher at Salem State University. Her degrees are a MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, a second MFA in Poetry from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a PhD in English from the University of New Hampshire. This educational background enables her to bridge a range of artistic and academic writers. Her doctoral work focused on the learning needs and strategies of creative writers who are not enrolled in schools.
Alexandria is engaged in the writing community beyond her institution, serving as editor, reviewer, and judge in several volunteer capacities. Her expertise in writing has been enlisted by academic journals where she has served as a reviewer or guest reviewer, including as the History Editor for the Journal of Creative Writing Studies and as an invited reviewer at College Composition and Communication, Peitho, and the Journal of the Assembly of Expanded Perspectives on Learning. Alexandria has served as a Policy Analyst for the National Council of Teachers of English, the largest organization of teachers of English in the United States, and as the Head Reader for the Baltic program. Most recently, she was selected as a judge for REALM (Recognizing Excellence in Art and Literary Magazines), a national program which annually picks the best high school literary magazines in the country; she will be helping select the winning New Hampshire high school literary magazine.
Her recent media events include a popular MOOC for the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program and her blog, www.prolificmoment.com. Her presentation for the MOOC, with 4,500 participants, was described by the program director as the most watched. She was asked to guest post about her latest book, Prolific Moment, at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) blog, an organization with over 35,000 participants: http://www2.ncte.org/blog/2018/05/the-ability-to-write-is-always-present/ Alexandria has been invited as a keynote speaker in addition to regularly presenting at the major national conferences and associations in her field. Her recent and upcoming speaking engagements include Imperial College of London, University of California Merced, University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the International Writing Program, Labouré College, Southern Vermont College, Pine Manor College Low Residency MFA Program, the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, and the New Hampshire Poetry Festival.