Alexandra Watson

Lecturer, First-Year Writing

Alexandra Watson has taught in Columbia's University Writing Program, and at the nonprofit college access program Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America, where she served as Assistant Director of Writing Instruction. She worked as an adjunct writing consultant in both Columbia and Baruch's writing centers. In 2011, Alexandra co-founded Apogee Journal, a publication dedicated to highlighting marginalized voices in literature and the arts, and has been Executive Editor since 2015. Alexandra has interviewed writers Paul Beatty, Fatimah Asghar, and Zinzi Clemmons. She initiated Apogee's "Alternate Canon" series, which aims to foster a more inclusive system of valuing literature. Alexandra has led free community writing workshops with the New York Writers Coalition, focused on empowering writers from all backgrounds to share their stories.

Academic Focus: 

Inclusive Pedagogy Contemporary
(21st Century) American Literature
African-American Literature and Literature of the African Diaspora
Latin American Literature
Fiction Writing

Awards & Honors: 

Archie D. & Bertha H. Walker Scholarship, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA, 2014
Mariposa Fellowship, Columbia School of the Arts, 2012-2013
Recipient of Open Meadows Foundation grant for women-led activist projects
Recipient of New York State Council on the Arts grants
Recipient of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council grants

Professional Affiliations: 

Executive Editor, Apogee Journal Assistant
Director of Writing Instruction, Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America


Poetry, “Alien Relative,” PANK. (2017)
Poetry, “Dream Machine,” Re/Divider (2017)
Interview with Zinzi Clemmons, Apogee Issue 09 (2017)
Fiction, "Criminal" in the James Franco Review, Issue 07 (2016)
Essay, “The Political as Personal: On Reading Widely” in “Art You Engaged,” The James Franco Review (2015) Interview with Paul Beatty, Apogee Issue 06 (2015)
Essay, “Millions March v. Santacon: The Role of Millennials in Activism” on Huffington Post (2015)


245 Barnard Hall

Office Hours: 

Spring 2019
TW 2-5 & by appt.


M.F.A., Columbia University
B.A., Brown University