Alexis Ivy (Poetry Fellow ’18) can’t get away from poetry. It informs her work in social justice, working with homeless populations. Even when she writes in different literary forms, the focus and specificity of poetry carries over.
In this audio clip, Ivy reads her poem Taking the Homeless Census. She also discusses the poem’s origin as well as the way creativity, social justice, and meaning impact her work and life.
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Alexis Ivy’s new poetry collection, Taking the Homeless Census, is published May 5, 2020 by Saturnalia Books.
Alexis Ivy is a 2018 recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in Poetry. Her first poetry collection, Romance with Small-Time Crooks, was published in 2013 by BlazeVOX [books]. A Boston native, her poems have been displayed in City Hall and featured by Mass Poetry aboard the Red Line subway. Her work has appeared in J Journal, Borderlands, Worcester Review, Lake Effect, Exit 7, Saranac Review, among other magazines and anthologies. She works as an advocate for the homeless in Cambridge and teaches in the PoemWorks community.