Published Works

Alexandra Penn has appeared in the following journals, anthologies, and magazines.


Story Cities: A City Guide for the Imagination

Story Cities explore ways in which stories respond to, reflect and re-imagine the city.

Explore new short fictions in multiple genres that address the city. A guide book to the fictional city, all cities, any city: its markets, squares, cafés, hotels, parks, stations and ports; the main streets, side streets, back alleys, dead ends and the crossroads. Never identified, the city has a voice of its own.

Flash Fiction. A joint venture between the University of Greenwich and Arachne Press. Description taken from the link below.


Poem: These Are The Words

Penn has always subscribed to theory that most of the world’s problems can be found in miniature on the playground, and the modern divisiveness of the American political scene is no different.

Primary Carbon is a student-run journal at the University of Iowa. This poem appeared in the first volume.


Poem: The Great

Written shortly after the 2016 election, this sonnet explores the patterns of tyranny in history. It juxtaposes Percy Shelley’s infamous poem Ozymandias against both historical fact and the political situation in America in 2016. It is unedited from its first draft.

The Great was awarded an honorable mention in rhyming poetry from Writers’ Digest in its 2017 contest. It can be read below on Writers Resist.

Midwest Review is an annual literary magazine founded in 2013 to showcase work by writers, photographers, and artists who live in, have lived in, or have spent time in the Midwest—that diverse region of the north-central United States that includes the Great Lakes area and the upper Mississippi River valley, and the states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, and Missouri. Of course, the Midwest is also a state of mind.

Penn’s poem, Character Development, can be found in the seventh volume under her given name, Alexandra Penland.



Alexandra Penn has several constructed languages available for download. Some of these are connected to her work—others are just for fun.


Codon is a completely impractical micro-language experiment based on RNA structure, created by Alexandra Penn in 2014. It’s currently housed on a now-defunct blog, so it’s been rehosted on Google Docs for the time being.