Alexandra Penn is an Iowa-centered, DC-born author. She writes primarily YA science fiction, but also works with poetry and creative nonfiction. Her work is heavily influenced by her childhood adventures in the Smithsonian Institution.
About the Author
Alexandra Penn was a museum kid. The daughter of a photographer and a Scuba diver, she spent her teenage years in the field: Penn has worked with Smithsonian archaeologists, NASA software engineers, volcanologists, and photographers. She also managed to fail Algebra II with a passing grade, which she's a little proud of.
Her work is both a love letter to and an intense criticism of the academic world.
She has been bitten by a shark, she watched the final shuttle launch from the fire escape outside Launch Control, and she has been a certified diver since age twelve. She likes dogs, long walks on the beach, and socialized medicine. Also books.
Penn is one of two Directors of The Writers' Rooms, an editor for hire, an amateur linguist, and a Taurus. Her work has received many accolades, including an Honorable Mention in the Writer's Digest Annual Contest 2017.
She spends all her free time on Twitter.
Writing & Demographic
Alexandra Penn writes primarily for young adults, but also works with poetry and creative nonfiction.
Penn's work intends to speak with those who feel underrepresented in YA literature. She doesn't often write nice characters (in fact, Aleph of The Letter Mage is the antagonist of the piece), preferring characters who have a lot of growing to do. Niceness is not a requirement for goodness.
Penn loves to hear from kids who have read her work, and will happily provide personal tutoring for young aspiring writers.