Alexandra Oliver

M.A., M.F.A.

About Alexandra Oliver

Poet, performer, essayist, editor, critic, and translator, Alexandra Oliver was born in Vancouver, BC. Her 2013 collection, Meeting the Tormentors in Safeway, received the Pat Lowther Award and was named a Canadian Poetry Book of the Year by The National Post. She co-edited (with Annie Finch) Random House/Everyman’s one-hundredth anthology in the Pocket Poets series, Measure for Measure, An Anthology of Poetic Meter. Alexandra is currently preparing for the release of her third collection, Let the Empire Down (Biblioasis 2016), co-editing the Toronto formalist journal The Rotary Dial and working on a book of essays.

My poetry is about observation, taking in the ordinary in the same way a film camera would, recording everything and using imagination and form to shape what I see into virtual “home movies”.

Background & Training

Alexandra holds an M.A. in Drama and Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto and an M.F.A in Creative Writing from the Stonecoast Program at the University of Southern Maine.  She also has CELTA certification through the Center for English Studies/International House in New York. Her areas of specialization include traditional prosody, performance, translation, public speaking/rhetoric and writing about film and art, as well as helping students and professionals of all backgrounds to produce dynamic and effective texts for academic and business purposes.

Exhibitions & Shows

Books:  Let the Empire Down (Biblioasis 2016), Meeting the Tormentors in Safeway (Biblioasis 2013), Where the English Housewife Shines (Tin Press London 2007)
Journals:  The Walrus, The National Post, CNQ, The Raintown Review, Light Quarterly, The New Guard, Partisan, Mezzo Cammin, Atlanta Review, Orbis Rhyme International, White Coffee, Softblow, The Toronto Quarterly, Future Cycle Poetry, Nexus, The Vancouver Sun.

Criticism: The Partisan, Citizen K International, ARC Poetry, The Glasgow Film Theatre.

Selected Performances: University of Glasgow, Wordstock (Portland, OR), Trent University (Peterborough, ON), Fanshawe College (London, ON), Real Vancouver Writers’ Series (Vancouver), The Olde Walkerville Theatre (Windsor, ON); The Art Bar Poetry Series (Toronto, ON); The Urbana Poetry Slam (New York, NY), Lollapalooza (Vancouver), The Poetry Cafe (London, UK), The Knitting Factory (New York, NY), The Italian Contemporary Film Festival (Toronto), The Spectacular Obsessions Fellini Retrospective at TIFF Lightbox (Toronto), Brankovo Kolo Poetry Festival (Sremski Karlvci, Serbia, Word on the Street Festival (Vancouver, BC), West Coast Poetry Festival (Vancouver), La Librairie Canadienne (Paris), Shakespeare & Co. (Paris), Frederic Baldo Runway Show during Fashion Week: L’Hôtel Scribe (Paris), opening for Yevgeny Yevtushenko at The  Jewish Community Centre (Vancouver), CBC National Poetry Face-Off, CBC Morningside, CBC North by Northwest, NPR.

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