Alexandra Oliver

Author's Bio

Alexandra Oliver was born in Vancouver and currently lives in Toronto. She has been nominated for a CBC Literary Award and the Pushcart Prize. Her poetry regularly appears in journals worldwide, and her first collection, Where the English Housewife Shines, was published in 2007 in London, England. She has performed her poems at Lollapalooza and The National Poetry Slam, and on CBC Radio One and National Public Radio, and was a featured performer and interviewee in the 1998 documentary, Slam Nation. An MFA graduate of (and satellite faculty member in) the Stonecoast Creative Writing Program at the University of Southern Maine, Oliver is co-editing (with Annie Finch) an anthology of poetry in non-iambic meters. Her second collection, Meeting the Tormentors in Safeway, will be published in 2013 by Biblioasis.

Publications and Prizes

Let the Empire Down
(Biblioasis Press, 2016)
, Meeting the Tormentors in Safeway
(Biblioasis Press, 2013)
, Where the English Housewife Shines
(The Tin Press, 2007)
Best Canadian Poetry 2105
(Tightrope Books, 2017)
, The Medium is the Muse: Channelling Marshall McLuhan
(NeoPoiesis Press, 2014)
Arc, Atlanta Review, Edgewise ElectroLitCentre, FutureCycle Poetry, In Hell's Belly, Light, Light Quarterly, Mezzo Cammin, Nexus, Orbis, Partisan Review, Softblow, New Guard, Raintown Review, The Toronto Quarterly, The Vancouver Sun, The Walrus, Verse Daily
Prizes Won: 
2010 and 2011: Nomination, Pushcart Prize 2010: Shortlist, 2009 CBC Literary Awards (Poetry) 2009: Full Scholarship, West Chester Poetry Conference, West Chester, PA (Recommendation by Timothy Steele) 2006: International Publication Prize, The Atlanta Review 1995: Adjudicator's Commendation, Rhyme International Competition, Orbis Quarterly

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
Collected Poems by George Oppen
The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
Hapax by A.E. Stallings
Sunday Skaters by Mary Jo Salter
Errors in the Script by Greg Williamson

More Information

Listed as: 
Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Identifies as: 
Prefers to work with: 
Fluent in: 
Born in: 
Vancouver, Canada
Raised in: 
Vancouver, Canada
Please note: All information in the Directory is provided by the listed writers or their representatives.
Last updated: Dec 03, 2015