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 (2013) and the chapbooks Ota Benga (2017), and Black/White: We Are Not Panic (Pandemic) Free (2020). His most recent full length poetry collection 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 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
Prizes won: 

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: Dec 21, 2020