Russian Alphabet Book

I recently created a one-of-a-kind Russian alphabet book.

The lettering and design is all done by hand.

Each spread focuses on one letter and includes a pronunciation guide, words using that letter, and a layout influenced by the Russian artists and designers I studied while in design school -- Lazlo Moholy-Nagy, El Lissitzky, Kazmir Malevich, and Vladimir Mayakovsky (who was also a poet).

The book uses a hand stitched coptic binding.

Creative Residency at Elsewhere Studios

From December 26, 2011 through January 8, 2012, I was a resident at the beautiful Elsewhre Studios in Paonia, CO. Willow, Karen, and many friends have made Elsewhere a place with a uniquely positive energy. I am grateful for my time there.

A Novel Idea, at the Hampden Gallery

December 11, 2011 to February 19, 2012
Incubator Space at UMASS' Hampden Gallery
Amherst Bulletin article about the show

Opening: Sunday, December 11, from 2 to 4 pm

I am part of a group show including painters, sculptors, writers, filmmakers, printers, and all-round lovers of the printed page who boldly bend, fold, and mutilate traditional books until all that remains are discrete art objects.

My piece, Philyra (pictured below), is a site-specific installation of Anne Carson's Nox.

Naugatuck River Review

My poem, "Taming the Quinetucket," was recently published in the Naugatuck River Review: a journal of narrative poetry that sings (Issue 6, Summer 2011). The journal is not published online but ordering and submissions info is available on their blog.

Paper City Studios: PAPERWORKS

Chris Nelson and I collaborated on a sculpture/poetry piece for the Paper City Studios spring exhibition. From May 6 to June 4, Paper City showed interpretations of the theme, works on paper, by a variety of talented local and regional artists.

Dear City, City Love

     Even in Kyoto,
I feel the frames of your hollow
mills carved tenderly in my mind.

The white Washi paper door slides
wide to un-
                 fold tearoom into dewy grounded
garden -- as at home, City Love,

river rot sets deep
      into beam
until bricks crumble down-
ward to let light fall furiously within.

 Pictures of Chris' building process...

Parsons Hall Project Space

The Parsons Hall Project Space hosted an evening of music; literature; video art; scandinavian edibles; hot drinks; and ice sculptures. Alexis read her Holyoke building poems.

Saturday, January 29, 2011
Parsons Hall Project Space
362 Dwight Street, Holyoke, MA

Dear Buildings;

Five of Alexis' epistolary prose poems addressed to buildings in a post-industrial mill city are available in issue 8 of Sentence: a Journal of Prose Poetics.