My hope is to empower students to consider the possibilities of fiction. There are artistic and empathy lessons to be gained from an intersectional, genre-diverse, and global reading experience. I encourage students to bring this perspective and language of possibility into the creative writing classroom.
Alexia Arthurs was born and raised in Jamaica until age twelve, when she moved with her family to New York. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She has published fiction in Granta, The Sewanee Review, Small Axe, Virginia Quarterly Review, Buzzfeed, Shondaland, Vice, and The Paris Review, which awarded her the Plimpton Prize in 2017. Her first book, a short story collection called How to Love a Jamaican, was published in 2018. She was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2020 and currently teaches at Colby College in Maine.