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Alexis Krasilovsky

b. 1950

Current City, State, Country

Los Angeles, California, USA

Birth City, State, Country

Juneau, Alaska, USA


Alexis Krasilovsky is the author of Watermelon Linguistics: New and Selected Poems (Cyberwit, 2022), finalist in the 2022 International Book Awards, and Great Adaptations: Screenwriting and Global Storytelling (Routledge, 2018), 2nd place winner, 2019 International Writers Awards. She is also an award-winning filmmaker of several poetry films, including The Parking Lot of Dreams (2021).

What is the relationship between Judaism and/or Jewish culture and your poetry?

Several of my Jewish-themed poems also appear in my films, such as “183,000” in the film Exile (1984), a personal documentary about assimilation; “The Earthquake Haggadah” in the film Epicenter U. (1995); and “Camp Terezin” in Camp Terezin (1999). I have also written about the relationship between Jews and Blacks in the poems “Sensational Relatives” (published in Southern Exposure) and “Pass the Questions: A Passover Poem” (aired on Arts Express, WBAI-FM radio in New York City and also available in my book, Watermelon Linguistics: New and Selected Poems).

Published Works

Watermelon Linguistics: New and Selected Poems (Cyberwit, 2022; Finalist for 2022 International Book Awards)
Some Women Writers Kill Themselves (A Street Agency Publication, 1983, 1985)

Great Adaptations: Screenwriting and Global Storytelling (Routledge, 2018; 2nd Place Winner of 2019 International Writers Awards)
Sex and the Cyborg Goddess (Rafael Film, LLC, 2017; published under the pseudonym Alexis Rafael; Winner of 2018 Irwin Award for Best #MeToo Novel of the Year)
Women Behind the Camera: Conversations with Camerawomen (Praeger, 1997)

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Smith College
University of Florence, Italy
Yale University, B.A. (cum laude)
CalArts, MFA

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