Nadia Alexis is the new professor of literary arts at the Mississippi School of the Arts.
The New York native is moving from Oxford to Brookhaven, where she recently taught at the University of Mississippi.
Born to Haitian immigrants in Harlem, Alexis is a poet, photographer, educator and organizer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Union College, where she also studied African Studies and French. She will complete her doctorate from Ole Miss in English this summer, with a concentration in creative writing. She also holds an MFA in creative writing from the university, where she teaches black literature and freshman writing classes.
Alexis has had poetry and prose published in multiple journals and publications, as well as photography. She was nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net Anthology, and the 2020 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award in Photography. Among many other awards, Alexis has received poetry grants from the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, The Watering Hole, and an independent study program with Carrie Mae Weems.
His photographs have been exhibited in Oxford, Detroit and Havana, Cuba, as well as at the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute in Harlem.