About Alexis

Stratton PhotoI’m a native of Illinois but have spent my life in many homes, from New Orleans to South Korea. I received my MFA in Creative Writing from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, and after traveling the world for almost two years, I’m now based in Richmond, VA, where I work as a full-time writer, editor, and consultant. My work has appeared in storySouth, Matador Network, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Duende, Jasper Magazine, Oyez ReviewBare Root Review, and The Drum Literary Magazine, among other publications. My chapbook “Fratricide” was selected as the winner of the 2012 BLOOM Chapbook Contest for Fiction, and I received second place in the Blue Mesa Review 2013 Fiction Contest.

In 2013, I expanded my creative repertoire to includeStrattonCover screenwriting, and my media arts projects have since been shown at festivals and conferences around the world. Most notably, the short film “Crosswalk,” which I wrote and directed, won the Audience Award at the Second Act Film Festival in 2013, and “Phantomythography: A Young Ghost Comes of Age,” a media art installation that I wrote and co-directed, won second place in the New Media Competition at the University Film and Video Association Conference in 2015.

In addition to my creative writing career, I have been a professional freelance writer and editor since 2007, during which time I’ve been involved in a number of projects, including editing dissertations, theses, journal articles, and full-length book manuscripts; writing and editing government and foundation grants for nonprofit organizations; writing for a children’s podcast/app (Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls); and revising book-length memoirs and novels. Before making the move to writing and editing full-time, I spent my days traversing the state of South Carolina, educating individuals and organizations about domestic and sexual violence prevention, LGBTQ rights, and serving marginalized populations. These days, I call upon those years of experience to provide trainings and other consulting services to nonprofits and businesses.

Besides writing and reading, in my spare time, I like to hike in the mountains, attempt new yoga poses, and make up songs on my piano.

Find me on Twitter: @AlexisStratton

Find me on LinkedIn

Check out my travel blog: You Are (Queer) Here

Note: This is the personal website of Alexis Stratton; the opinions contained here are solely my own and do not represent the views or endorsements of any organizations or businesses with which I may be affiliated.

Photo credit: Forrest Clonts

3 thoughts on “About Alexis

  1. Hi Alexis,
    This is Robyn Winters with Cognitive Learning Center. Pride month was super crazy for me but my schedule is getting more manageable. I was hoping we can meet up next week if you can find time in your schedule. If that does not work for you, we could look for the following week. I will look forward to also connecting with you at our Coalition call later today 🙂

  2. I have a 88,000 word fiction book just completed. What would your approximate costs be? Would you barter say half the money and one of my abstracts instead of full costs? It takes place in the late 1950’s here in S.C and the plot involves a corrupt mayor, the town stranger, and two college age friends who discover just how corrupt this small town mayor is through the stranger.

    • Hi, Curtis! Thanks for your message. I’m currently booked up for the next couple months and not taking new clients. But I can recommend a few editor colleagues who might be able to work with you:

      Elizabeth Jones (MFA in Creative Writing, 5+ years of full-time editing experience at Univ. of South Carolina Press and Duke University Press)

      Jestine Ware

      Ashley Strosnider

      (Also, I checked out your website, and your art is beautiful :)).

      I hope one of these editors might work for you! Good luck revising!


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