I'm Phoenix Alexander, a Ph.D. candidate in the departments of English and African American Studies at Yale University. I have completed and filed my dissertation titled "Voices with Vision: Writing Black, Feminist Futures in Twentieth Century African America" for a May 2019 degree.
Born in Cyprus (the Greek side), I moved to England when I was five years old and have been moving steadily westward ever since. My research interests cover the intersections of archival practice, speculative fiction, African American literature and social justice. My work is informed by the question of how archives can serve as literary “home places” (after Carla Peterson’s definition) for marginalized creators who have been historically undervalued - and whose work has had to take on new and innovative forms for recognition.
I have been working at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library since 2015 in the role of Curatorial Assistant, writing exhibition catalogues, installing exhibits, acquiring archival collections, cataloguing, and teaching with and presenting on the Beinecke’s materials.
My debut short story, “Gennesaret,” was published in the March 2018 issue of the Hugo Award-nominated Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and I have work in the British Fantasy Award-winning magazine Black Static and forthcoming in the speculative fiction zines Kaleidotrope and Metaphorosis.