Los Angeles native, Alessandra Castellanos, has been a housekeeper, gardener, pool cleaner, barista, nanny, and medical courier. She writes poetry, fiction, and memoir and indulges in reading paranormal romance novels. She is a neophyte art collector, poetry daemon, movie buff, Valkyrie, and keeper of cats, dogs, turtles, ceramics, and other small things.
Alessandra’s works have appeared in Queen Mob’s Teahouse, Barrelhouse, 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.
She likes to read. She likes to write.