Chasin, Alexandra

Alexandra Chasin

MFA, Fiction Writing, Vermont College 2002
PhD, Modern Thought and Literature, Stanford University, 1993
BA, European Cultural Studies, Brandeis University, 1984
Associate Professor of Literary Studies

Before I became a full-time fiction writer, I trained as a scholar in 20th Century U.S. literature and culture, and then taught in those fields for many years (focusing on gender, race, sexuality, and popular culture).  I have now shifted fields to become a full-time fiction writer and teacher of fiction writing, but I have brought my scholarly training and my scholarly interests with me, which explains my preoccupation with representations of history in creative writing, as well as my view that literature is a set of artifacts constructed in and through a broad network of social practices.
Courses Taught:
Reading for Writers: Fragments, Lists, and Lacunae
Reading for Writers: CounterTraditions
Reading for Writers: Creatively Writing History, or Reality Fiction
Advanced Fiction Workshop: Form and Content
Introductory Fiction Workshop: Reading With Writing
Writing in NYC
Recent Publications:


Brief. Jaded Ibis Press, 2012 [app/novel]
Kissed By. Fiction Collective 2, 2007
Selling Out: The Lesbian and Gay Movement Goes to Market. St. Martin's, 2000

Other Publications 

  • "A White of Many Colors," New Orleans Review 37.1, 2011
  • "Savvy Cremains," in Moon Milk Review Anthology 2011, ed. Rae Bryant (Moon Milk Review, 2011)
  • "Second Look, Second Thought," in The Official Catalog of the Library of Potential Literature, eds. Ben Segal and Erinrose Mager (Cow Heavy Books, 2011)
  • "You Loved the Morphine," failbetter 37, November 2010 [online]
  • "The New Chain-Reference Bible, Fourth Improved Edition," (with Teresa Carmody and Davis Schneiderman) Mandorla: New Writing from the Americas/Nueva escritura de las Américas, 13: 2010 (forthcoming)
  • "No.pArt," Unsaid Five, 2010
  • "A Sentence About A Sentence I Love," guest post, (online, posted May 10, 2010)
  • "By 'M Bye" Post Road
  • "Recall, Cipher, Their Fragmentaion, and Then," Hotel Amerika, 6:2
  • "LOVE, DISAPPEAR," WhatPeach, September 2009 
  • "Further From Unusual," H.O.W. #4, May 2009
  • "Details," Word Spaces (9), HTMLGIANT (online)
  • "They Come From Mars" in Wreckage of Reason: Anthology of XXperimental Women Writers Writing in the 21st Century, ed., Nava Renek. Brooklyn: Spuyten Duyvil, 2008
  • "Two Alphabets," Denver Quarterly, 41:4, 2007 Anthologized Forms at War: FC2 1999-2009, ed. R.M. Berry. Tuscaloosa: U of Alabama, 2009 
  • "Potatoes You Ask" elimae, 2006:12  
  • "The Clawed Claims of Bear Love,"AGNI 63 Spring 2006 
  • "all kinds of people on the Q train," sleepingfish .825, May 2006
  • "Drug War//Facts," Chain #12, Fall 2005


Office Location:
65 W 11th St
New York, NY 10011
Office Hours:
Wed 3-4
Phone Number/Extension:
212 229-5100


Personal Website:

Research Interests:
  • experimental fiction
  • elements of form
  • writing from and about history
  • gender, race, sexuality studies
  • popular culture
  • genre
  • the social practices of literature
  • book arts
Awards and Honors:
  • 2012 New York Fundation for the Arts, Fiction Fellowship
  • 2012 MacDowell, Residency
  • 2011 Yaddo, Residency

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