Charles Alexander


6181 E 4th St
Tucson, AZ 85711-1613

Author's Bio


Artist: Poet, Bookmaker, Professor, founder/director of Chax Press. Author of 6 full-length books of poetry and 13 brief chapbooks of poetry, editor of one critical work on the state of the book arts in America, author of multiple essays, articles, and reviews. Most recent books of poetry are AT the Edge OF the Sea: Pushing Water II (Singing Horse Press), Pushing Water (Cuneiform Press), and the chapbooks Some Sentences Look for Some Periods, and Two Pushing Waters, both from Little Red Leaves Textile Series. Pushing Water III is forthcoming from Cuneiform Press.Has taught literature and writing at Naropa University, University of Arizona, and elsewhere, including the University of Houston-Victoria, where he directed the MFA Creative Writing Program and managed the UHV Center for the Arts from 2014 through 2018. He is a past recipient of the Arizona Arts Award, and has participated in the TAMAAS Poetry Translation Project in Paris, the US Poets in Mexico program, and the 7th International Chinese/American Poetry & Poetics Conference in Wuhan, Hubei, China. In April 2019 he was a keynote speaker and lecturer in the Swan Shakespeare Lecture series sponsored by Southwest University in Chongqing, China. He lives in Tucson, Arizona, with his partner, the painter Cynthia Miller.

Publications & Prizes

AT the Edge OF the Sea (Singing Horse Press, 2018)
Pushing Water (Cuneiform Press, 2011)
Certain Slants (Junction Press, 2007)
near or random acts (Singing Horse Press, 2004)
arc of light / dark matter (Segue Books, 1992)
Hopeful Buildings (Chax Press, 1990)
Prizes won: 

Arizona Arts Award

Tucson Arts District Fellowship

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Du Fu, Li Bai, Basho, Emily Dickinson, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, Charles Olson, Robert Duncan, Robert Creeley, Harryette Mullen, Myung Mi Kim, Barbara Guest, Will Alexander, Tenney Nathanson
What I'm reading now: 
The Birth of Biopolitics by Michel Foucault

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Born in: 
Honolulu, HI
Raised in: 
Norman, OK
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Last update: Apr 10, 2020