Alexandria Peary is a prolific writer working in several genre. As a creative writer, she holds a MFA from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and a second MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her poetry books are Control Bird Alt Delete, Lid to the Shadow, and Fall Foliage Called Bathers & Dancers. She is currently looking for a publisher for her fourth poetry collection. Her poetry and nonfiction have appeared in venue including the Yale Review, Gettysburg Review, New England Review, Brick, Meridian, New American Writing, Volt and the Denver Quarterly. Alexandria’s creative writing has received the Iowa Poetry Prize, the Joseph Langland Award from the Academy of American Poets, and a Pushcart nomination.

As a scholar and teacher, she is 100% committed to helping other people increase their writing confidence, enjoyment, and success. She is on a mission to reduce writing apprehension through her books and articles; her blog Your Ability to Write is Always Present; and her invited talks and conference presentations at the Imperial College of London and the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program and elsewhere. Alexandria’s scholarly books are Prolific Moment: Theory and Practice of Mindfulness for Writing (Routledge) and the edited collection (with Tom C. Hunley) Creative Writing Pedagogies for the Twenty-First Century (Southern Illinois University Press). Her research has appeared in top-tier scholarly journals including Composition and Communication, Rhetoric Review, New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing, and Pedagogy. 

Alexandria holds a PhD in English/Composition from the University of New Hampshire. She teaches writing at Salem State University where she is a full professor in the English Department and the First-Year Writing Program coordinator. 

More information about her work can be found at and at the Poetry Foundation: