Los Angeles native, Alessandra Castellanos, has been a gardener, barista, housekeeper, nanny, and medical courier. She writes poetry, fiction, and memoir. She reads paranormal romance novels. Alessandra is a neophyte art collector, poetry daemon, movie buff, Valkyrie, and keeper of cats, dogs, turtles, ceramics, and other small things.
Her work has appeared in The Offing, Northridge Review, Exposition Review, Drunken Boat, Lunch Ticket, RipRap Journal, Chaparral, Duende, The Round, and elsewhere. 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.” For the 2018 Viva La Muxer art and music festival presented by Las Fotos Project, Alessandra was a featured artist where her poem, “Madre” was showcased under the theme “Boss Lady.”
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 she 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.