Alexis Ivy

Poet

 

BOOKS

       Taking the Homeless Census

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Romance with Small-Time Crooks

BIO

Alexis Ivy is a 2018 recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in Poetry.  Her first poetry collection, Romance with Small-Time Crooks was published in 2013 by BlazeVOX [book] and her second collection, Taking the Homeless Census (Saturnalia Books, 2020) won the 2018 Editors Prize at Saturnalia Books. Her most recent poems have appeared in Poet Lore, Sugar House Review, Saranac Review, and Poetry East.  ​She teaches in the PoemWorks Community in Boston.

IN THE PRESS

 

 

Ivy’s poems are sharp and unflinching…there’s a dangerous beauty in all the dangerous and dirty corners.

 

-Karen Weyant,

Rain Taxi Review of Books

 

…Ivy points to the universal human experience whenever she can, reminding us that the grittiness is not so far removed from anything or anyone else.

 

-Anne Champion, [PANK] Magazine

The poems of a survivor who sheds her delusions, poem by poem, as she investigates her life with honesty and courage and a poetic gift that comes damn close to redeeming it all—redeeming us all.   

 

-Richard Hoffman, author of Emblem

 
 

UPCOMING READINGS

*

November 6th, 2020 7pm

w/ Tom Daley

Poetry at the Y 

PoemWorks

VIRTUAL

link to follow

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February 14th, 2021 3pm

Reading with TBA

New England Poetry Club

Arts at the Armory

191 Highland Ave, Somerville

 

SERVICES

POETRY WORKSHOP

---ALL CLASSES ARE VIRTUAL---

 

SIGN UP FOR WINTER/SPRING 2021

 

I will be offering a poetry workshop on select Tuesday evenings (7pm-9:15)

& mornings (10am-12:15)

 

To accommodate your schedule you may choose to come to any or all workshops scheduled below. 

 

SPECIALTY WORKSHOP: PERSONA

                               (Second Tuesdays of the month)

SPECIALTY WORKSHOP: FORM

(begins in April 2021)

 

Please contact me alexisivy52@yahoo.com    for more information, registration and rates. 

 

 

If you are interested in having me take a closer look at a group of poems or a manuscript I'm offering one-on-one sessions.  For more information please contact me. 

 

 

 

pOETRY RETREAT

poetry south

DATES TBA, 2022

 

SETTING

Rural.  Birthplace of the blues.  The Delta is known to be the most southern place on earth for its unique cultural, economic and racial history.   This is a place of paradox and contrast: a place that has produced great authors yet continues to suffer from illiteracy.  A place that has produced powerful political leaders, both for & against segregation.  A place in which apartheid has been replaced by empowerment. We will come to understand the Delta’s heritage by studying southern poets, civil rights poets and blues poetry. 

LODGING & MEALS

Shack Up Inn—we will be part of the living history found within restored sharecropper shacks. The grounds are of an original cotton gin.  Corrugated tin roofs and Mississippi cypress walls will conjure visions of a bygone era. Restored only enough to accommodate 21st century expectations (indoor plumbing, air conditioning, kitchenette), the shacks provide comfort as well as authenticity.  Meals will be had in the Juke Joint Chapel. Sasha Monty, a local of the delta will be cookin’, fryin’ and bakin’ some authentic southern classics with a new-timey twist.

ITINERARY OF EXCURSIONS

Greenville visiting the Cypress Swamp Preserve & Greenville Queen River Center on the banks of the Mississippi River

Dockery Farms Plantation & Sawmill, grub at Airport Grocery  

Emmett Till Historic Center and Courthouse

Memphis to explore the Civil Rights Era & Avenue Sound Studio to record our poetry 

Clarksdale— Delta Blues Museum, Crossroads Cultural Center & a juke joint blues club to listen to the pulse of heartbreak 

INCLUDED IN RETREAT:

7 nights at The Shack Up Inn, 5 excursions, 5 classes, 5 workshops

15 meals (7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners) 

CONTACT ME FOR MORE DETAILS

CONTACT

For any inquiries, please contact Alexis Ivy:

Alexis teaches in the PoemWorks community.  For information regarding upcoming workshops and/or to schedule private sessions please query by email

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