A Native to Los Angeles and now early-retired New Yorker, Alanna Bailey has been writing poetry since she was 16.

First studying the written word by accident, she wound up taking to it naturally. She proceeded to follow this mysterious wonder into the likes of UCLA young writers retreats and open-mics around town, quickly gravitating to workshops and classrooms to refine her skill. 

Later coming to New York to study she attended Eugene Lang College, The New School University where she dually concentrated in Cultural Studies & Media and Creative Writing and studied under the auspices of Sekou Sundiata, Brenda Shaughnessy and Sharon Dolin (and even a bit of fiction with Neil Gordon and Stacey D’Erasmo). 

She graduated in 2008 taking her Bachelors Degree and the Senior Academic Award of Excellence in Writing from the Writing Department (by unanimous vote).  

Her poetry has been published in Armchair/Shotgun No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 and Yale’s Sage magazine; her nonfiction has appeared in Publik/Private and The Rumpus. She reads and preforms sporadically.

She recently moved to Boston where she is pursuing her MFA in Poetry at Boston University under Robert Pinsky and Dan Chiasson. She is fairly certain this is what heaven is like. 

And above all: She firmly believes that every single person’s story is their strength; and is worth being told– and heard.