About Alex

Alexander Luft is writer and teacher living in Sydney and Chicago. He is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Music, Media and Cultural Studies at Macquarie University and in the Program for Writers and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Alex’s fiction has appeared in Yemassee, Midwestern Gothic, The Coachella Review, Chicago Literati and other literary magazines. You can read his work published online here.

A contributing editor for Beginning with Disability: A Primer (Routledge, 2017), Alex’s essay, “The New Kid in Primetime: What Speechless Has To Say” appears in the book’s section on disability culture. He has presented papers on disability and fiction at the Chicago Disabilities Conference and Central Illinois Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference. More about his critical and journalistic work is available here. 

Alex has taught courses in creative writing, American literature, composition, journalism and media studies. He first taught at the University of Missouri in 2012 and continues to teach at both Macquarie and UIC.

Trained as a magazine journalist, Alex received a B.J. in magazine writing from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in 2009. After a short and wildly unsuccessful reporting career, he returned to MU and earned his M.A. in English in 2013. He was accepted to UIC that year as a Betty Smith Stuart Fellow.