Alexandra Naughton

is creating a novel, zines, poetry collections, and mixed media storytelling

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My name is Alexandra Naughton and I am a writer based in Richmond, California. I am the founder and editor-in-chief of Be About It Press, established in 2010 and the author of six poetry collections including You Could Never Objectify Me More Than I've Already Objectified Myself (Punk Hostage Press, 2015), I Will Always Be In Love (Paper Press, 2015), and I Wish You Never Emailed Me (Ghost City Press, 2016). My first novel, American Mary, was published by Civil Coping Mechanisms in 2016.

My writing has been widely published on the web and in print, and I perform regularly in the Bay Area and elsewhere.

My work straddles the line between fiction and non-fiction, prose and poetry, and explores themes such as self-objectification, existentialism, the frailty of text-based communication, and capitalism.

In a review of my first poetic novel, American Mary, on the literary website Heavy Feather Review, Eric Nguyen wrote: “Naughton is clearly more of a conceptual writer, one who at once challenges and entertains. Her characters are reflections of systems—systems of oppression, as well as systems of support. She can be playful and deeply serious and—by the last pages of American Mary, as the book takes on a monologue quality—very powerful. In the end, Naughton does what [other internet writers] could not: be avant-garde not only in form, but politics as well.”

Find a list of links to my publications here.

My new project explores memory and ritual and behavioral cycles, trying to understand internal conflict to find peace. I've been working on this project for a while and now more than ever I feel ready to confront these ideas to try to find some kind of truth.

In addition to writing poems and stories and making short films, I spend a great deal of time running Be About It press, an indie lit venture (funded completely out of my own pocket) which has focused on publishing funny and challenging underdog literature since 2010.

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