Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich was recently named a 2014 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow in Creative Writing. She is writing a book of combined family memoir and literary journalism about a Louisiana murder and death penalty case entitled ANY ONE OF US. An essay adapted from the book was published in Oxford American and recognized as “notable” by Best American Essays 2013; it also appears in the anthology TRUE CRIME. In support of ANY ONE OF US, Alexandria has also received a Rona Jaffe Award and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the Millay Colony for the Arts, Blue Mountain Center, Vermont Studio Center, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, as well as the Alice Hayes Fellowship for Social Justice Writing from the Ragdale Foundation and a scholarship to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.
Her writing appears or is forthcoming in The New York Times, Iowa Review, Salon, Oxford American, Los Angeles Review, The Rumpus, TriQuarterly Online, Bookslut, Fourth Genre, Hotel Amerika, Bellingham Review (as the winner of the Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction), and many other publications.
Alexandria earned her JD at Harvard Law School, where she focused on death penalty issues. She also holds a BA in Sociology from Columbia University and an MFA in Nonfiction Writing from Emerson College.
She lives in Boston and teaches memoir writers at Grub Street and graduate public policy students at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.