SHAY ALEXI

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SHAY ALEXI

is a poet and performance artist based out of Atlanta, GA. They are the author of DIARY OF A GHOST GIRL (Glass Poetry Press, 2019). Shay’s work explores the intersections of tenderness and aggression- navigating queerness, girlhood and various forms of softness. Shay has been featured by or is forthcoming from The Rumpus, Button Poetry, Tinderbox Poetry, Write About Now, FreezeRay, and Glass, amongst others.

Shay was the winner of the 2017 Brett Elizabeth Jenkins poetry prize and the 2017 Java Monkey Slam championship. In 2018, their slam team, Art Amok, won the National Poetry Slam group piece finals. Shay was a Whitinger Scholar at Ball State University, where they earned a BFA in Acting.

 

Shay Alexi is a poetry powerhouse. She is thoughtful, witty, and works the heart in impossible ways. She is an innovator of language and dares greatly in the realm of her work.
— Ashlee Haze, Nationally Touring Poet
I will never forget the faces, ears and postures of the audience when I first saw and heard Shay Alexi take the stage. After her soul shaking performance, the regular poets were like, “Who the hell is that?” I responded, that would be the person taking your spot on a team- get to writing! Shay Alexi is a story in a constant state of unfolding and one we all need to hear.
— Theresa Davis, WOWPS Champion 2011
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