Alexandra Penn is an American author currently studying for an MSc in Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh. She grew up in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, and writes poetry, science fiction, and young adult fiction.
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 was a founding director of The Writers' Rooms, and is currently an acclaimed poet, an amateur linguist, and a Taurus. Her work has received many accolades, including an Honorable Mention in the Writer's Digest Annual Contest 2017, and has been published in the Midwest Review, Primary Carbon, and the Story Cities anthology by Cherry Press. She is currently studying for an MSc in Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh.
She spends all her free time on Twitter.
The Author’s Note: Young Adult Fiction
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.
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