Elvis Alves


New York , NY

Author's Bio

Elvis Alves was born in Guyana and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He is a graduate of Colgate University and Princeton Theological Seminary. His work has appeared in several journals and magazines, including Sojourners, Rufous Salon, Caribbean Writer Journal, and The Applicant. Elvis is a Pushcart Prize nominated poet. He is the author of Bitter Melon and the chapbook Ota Benga. His most recent book is I Am No Battlefield But A Forest Of Trees Growing (Franciscan University Press, 2018), winner of the Jacopone da Todi Poetry Book Prize. His next book is called Blackfish, forthcoming in 2020 from Salmon Poetry Press (Ireland). 

Publications & Prizes

Caribbean Writer
Heavy Bear
Rufous Salon
Small Axe
St. Somewhere Journal
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The Applicant
The New Vilna Review
The Shine Journal
Tongues of the Ocean
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I Am No Battlefield But A Forest Of Trees Growing, winner of the Jacopone da Todi poetry book prize (2018), sponsored by Francisan University Press, Steubenville, Ohio. 

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Brooklyn, NY
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Last update: Jul 27, 2019