Constance Alexander, a writer of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, plays and essays and a columnist for KyForward, has been selected as the Kentucky Arts Council’s Featured Artist for March and April.
Alexander is a 2003 recipient of the arts council’s Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship and was honored with the 2014 Governor’s Awards in the Arts Media Award.
Childhood piano lessons and a love of music set her on the path to be a music education major at The College of New Jersey. But the writing muse, which she nurtured in high school through a love of English and history, pulled strongly at her, and she later switched her major to English.
Taking a job as a writer for AT&T, she pursued her own writing interests in her free time, writing poetry and occasionally getting freelance work from the New York Times.
“My creative turning point came after attending the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, when I began plotting my escape from corporate life,” Alexander said.
Alexander married her husband in 1988 and they moved from New Jersey to Murray, Ky., where she reveled in the area’s rich culture and heritage: Murray State University, community theater, the public library and a vibrant arts scene. It was just the environment she needed to continue her passion for writing.
“Nearly 30 years later, I credit our move to Kentucky as the spark that illuminated my creative horizons,” Alexander said. “I have been writing an award-winning newspaper column for 28 years, have written and produced radio documentaries, plays, poems, stories and articles.”
Alexander considers the arts essential to “encourage public dialogue and inspire meaningful change.” She said she has found that inspiration in Kentucky.
“I have no idea what route I might have taken had I not come to Kentucky, but I have never been happier or more creative.”
To learn more about Alexander, visit the arts council’s website. The featured artist’s page includes a story about her work, a video of Alexander discussing her work and contact information for Alexander.
From Kentucky Arts Council Communications