A Los Angeles native, Alessandra R. Castellanos writes poetry, fiction, and memoir that draw upon her vibrant and tenacious ancestral heritage in Guatemala and California. Her conjured worlds encompass feral spirits, otherworldly legends, the Latina “tomboy” experience growing up in Los Angeles, and the disconcerting realities of domestic workers in Hollywood celebrity homes.
Her work has appeared in The Offing, Northridge Review, Exposition Review, Drunken Boat, Lunch Ticket, RipRap Journal, Chaparral, Duende, and The Round among others. In 2017 Alessandra was a featured reader at Lit Crawl L.A., representing Exposition Review’s “L.A. In A Flash” with her poem, “In Darkness with the Ramirez Sisters.”
Alessandra is a student of the Method Writing Approach taught by Jack Grapes and The Poetry Salon led by Tresha Haefner-Rubinstein. She is a member of the Los Angeles Poets and Writers Collective and has earned a B.A. in Creative Writing from California State University, Northridge. Aside from writing, Alessandra loves watching movies over and over again with her dog Nola, a rare breed of wolf-bear.
Author photo by Quintan Ana Wikswo
In a nutshell: Alessandra is a…
Writer. Reader. Neophyte art collector. Poetry daemon. Movie buff. Valkyrie, keeper of cats, dogs, turtles, ceramics and other small things.