Alex Ashford is a poet, rap critic, and ethnographer. Her first poetry collection, Danke Schoen: Poems (The Poetry Press: Hollywood, CA) won the 2010 Prize Americana for Poetry, was released to favorable reviews, and has since been included as part of required reading for several writing classes at Pepperdine University. Her poetry and journalism have been published in more than eight literary magazines within the states and two prominent Christian magazines in the U.K. (Youthwork and Christianity). Alex holds a B.A in Creative Writing from Pepperdine University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of New Orleans and acts as a mentor for emerging authors, speaks at writers’ symposiums, guest lectures at high schools and community colleges, and travels between Mississippi and Louisiana conducting research that examines the effects of geography on ethnic groups (“Geography is fate”) and the interplay between poetry, colonialism, and rap music in the American South—research that lead to the creation of Ethnografis, a blog that conducts critical analyses of music and literature using the tools of ethnography, anthropology, and literary theory.
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