Omowale Jesse Alexander


7804 Westover Ln
Clinton, MD 20735

Author's Bio

Jesse N. Alexander is a performance poet, Afrofuturist, micro-publisher, electrical engineer, and finalist in the 1999 Paterson Literary Review’s Allen Ginsberg Poetry contest. He has been featured at the Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church’s annual poetry service, Knitting Factory, Groove Drops, and the Sumei Multidisciplinary Center, and his work has appeared in Obsidian III: Literature in the African Diaspora, Sojourners Magazine, The Drumming Between Us: Black Love & Erotic Poetry, and Drumvoices Revue: A Confluence of Literary, Cultural & Vision Arts.


He lead the creation of the 3 part Harmony cento using Github with visitors and patrons of The Three Part Harmony Farm, and support from the U. S. Department of Arts and Culture.


A 17 year veteran of Bell Labs, Jesse holds a Master of Engineering degree in electrical engineering from Howard University. He supports his amateur radio, poetry, science, and science fiction addictions by developing documentation for the cloud computing industry.


personal statement:

"I have been writing poetry and prose, and blowing fuses since I was 8 years old...and I write to collect the various and sundry parts of myself and project them into the future. My storytelling Mother taught me how to love a song for the song's sake, and my civil engineer Father taught me to appreciate the structure in all things..."


Publications & Prizes

Remembering Amiri Baraka on His 85th Birthday (Moonstone Press, 2019)
Chickenbones: A Journal for Literary & Artistic African-American Themes
Drumvoices Revue
Obsidian lll: Literature in the African Diaspora
phati'tude Literary Magazine
Prizes won: 

My work has won second place in the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Zero Hunger in the First World Food Day 2018 Contest and placed as a finalist in the 1999 Paterson Literary Review’s Allen Ginsberg Poetry contest.

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Audre Lorde, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Kwame Dawes, Amiri Baraka, Naomi Shihab Nye, Martin Espada, Henry Dumas, Robert Hayden, Robert Blake, Toi Derricotte, Sonia Sanchez, Joy Harjo, James Baldwin, The Last Poets, Octavia Butler, Yictove, Mari Evans, Bro Yao (Hoke Glover), Elizabeth Alexander, Michelle Alexander, Meena Alexander, Margie Shaheed, Mutabaruka, Gil Scott Heron, Niyi Osundare
What I'm reading now: 
City of Bones by Kwame Dawes, City Without People: Katrina Poems by Niyi Osundare, Stamped from the beginning by Ibram X. Kendi, Ghost fishing by Melissa Tuckey, Inheritance by Bro Yao (Hoke Glover)

More Information

Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Identifies as: 
African American
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, Naturalists/Environmentalists, Seniors, Teachers, Veterans
Fluent in: 
Born in: 
Brooklyn, NY
New York
Raised in: 
Montclair, NJ
New Jersey
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Last update: Nov 29, 2019