Alexandra van de Kamp was born in Rye, NY and grew up in NY and CT. She received her B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Washington. She recently moved to San Antonio, TX with her husband and is the Creative Writing Classes Program Director for Gemini Ink, a nonprofit literary organization based in San Antonio. She teaches in The Writing Program at University of Texas/San Antonio and is also a teaching artist for the online poetry cooperative, The Poetry Barn, where she conducts online intensive poetry workshops. For six years she lived in Madrid Spain, where she co-founded Terra Incognita, a bilingual literary/cultural journal published in Spain and the United States.
Her first full-length collection of poems, The Park of Upside-Down Chairs, was published by CW Books (WordTech Press) in the Spring of 2010 and her chapbook of poems Dear Jean Seberg (2011) won the 2010 Burnside Review Chapbook contest, judged by Matthew Dickman. Her most recent chapbook is entitled A Liquid Bird Inside the Night (2015) and was published by Red Glass Books, out of Brooklyn, NY.
A second full-length collection of poems, Rain/Hierarchy, is being published by Rain Mountain Press in May 2016.
Her earlier collections include The Photographer's Interview (2006, Premier Poets Chapbook Series: 34); A Living Book (2004), with artwork by Rebecca Aidlin; and The Rainiest May in the Twentieth Century (2002 Wind Magazine), winner of the 2001 Quentin R. Howard Poetry Prize.
Her poems, essays, reviews, and translations have appeared in numerous journals, including Meridian, The Denver Quarterly, 32 Poems, Sentence, Quarter After Eight, River Styx, Rain Taxi, Red Rock Review, Poetry Northwest, Lake Effect, Diner, Court Green, Salt Hill, the Greensboro Review, Crab Orchard Review, The Connecticut Review, The Cincinnati Review, Thrush Poetry Journal, Poetry Northwest, and Washington Square, among others. She has work forthcoming in AMP and the 25th Anniversary issue of Lake Effect.
Her translations of two Spanish women poets, Ángela Pérez Ovejero and Marta López-Luaces, were featured in the Canadian magazine filling Station and in The Literary Review, respectively, and an interview with Billy Collins was reprinted nationally in Imagine magazine (Johns Hopkins). She is one of the founding editors of Terra Incognita, an international literary/cultural journal in English and Spanish.