Alessandra is a writer based between Salt Spring Island, BC and Toronto, Ontario. She is the recipient of the 2017 CBC Poetry Prize and the 2015 Bronwen Wallace Award in poetry from the Writer’s Trust of Canada, runner-up for Event Magazine’s Creative Non-Fiction Prize, and two-time finalist the Edna Steabler Personal Essay Prize and Arc Magazine’s Poem of Year, as well as The Constance Rooke Creative Non-Fiction Prize, among other recognitions. Alessandra holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, and her poetry and non-fiction have appeared in literary magazines across Canada, including Room Magazine, EVENT, The New Quarterly, CV2, ARC Poetry Magazine, and elsewhere. She is the managing editor of Write Bloody North Publications, a newly released imprint of Write Bloody Publications (Los Angeles). Her debut poetry collection, Re-Origin of Species, is forthcoming with Book*hug Press in September 2019.
Alessandra’s non-fiction debut, RESTING PAIN FACE, is a collection of personal essays that explore chronic pain, gender, and the twisting road of recovery. With lyricism and wit, this book maps the landscape of her journey: from the first stranger to tell her to smile, to her numb face in a neurologist’s office two decades later, querying the impact of intergenerational trauma, medical doubt, and community care.
Alessandra is represented by Stephanie Sinclair.