Francis Alix

Boston, MA

Author's Bio

Poetry differs in style, form, and cadence from the other genres in the literary arts. Every word is integral, the arrangement precise, and the music accentuating. These complexities present the challenge and power that draws me to write poetry. The complexities complement the contradictions and emotional realities that permeate my work. I rarely write about my life or myself, for I am an observer documenting the actions of others with an investigative slant. I often use social and political themes in my work, probing the depths of the fallible and ignorant human being. Injustice and irresponsibility are two areas I address through emotional and psychological perspectives. The environment, hunger, elder abandonment, and abuse are topics that provide me with endless material. My poetry is for readers who enjoy alternative views on life and the events that shape it. A reader can emotionally and mentally connect to my work. This fulfills my wish of making people more aware of injustices so they may be moved to be a catalyst for change.

Publications and Prizes

Anthology of New England Writers
(New England Writers, 2008)
, Ordinary Time
(Daedalus Press, 2000)
Aurorean, Big Hammer, Black Bear Review, Black Creek Review, Dufus, Hawai'i Pacific Review, Mad Poets Review, Monkey's Fist, Neovictorian, New Laurel Review, Pine Island Journal, Poet Lore, Poetry Motel, Sahara, Soul Fountain, Struggle
Balancing on Unstable Ground
(Cervena Barva Press, 2009)
Prizes Won: 
Honorable Mention; Massachusetts State Poetry Society, Lynn, MA, 2008 First Prize, Poetry Contest; Philadelphia Writers Conference, Philadelphia, PA, 2008 Second Citation, Carlisle Poets’ Workshop Award; Pennsylvania Poetry Society Annual Contest, Carlisle, PA, 2008 First Honorable Mention Poetry Prize; New England Writers Free Verse Contest, Windsor, VT, 2007 Honorable Mention Poetry Prize; Newburyport Art Association, Newburyport, MA, 2007 Finalist, Červená Barva Press Poetry Chapbook Award, Červená Barva Press, Somerville, MA, 2007 Honorable Mention Poetry Prize; Philadelphia Writers Conference, Philadelphia, PA, 2006 Honorable Mentions; Poems of Social Concern Competition, Black Bear Review, Croyden, PA, 1999, 2000

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Last updated: Jan 25, 2011