About Alex

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

Alex’s fiction has appeared in Yemassee, Midwestern Gothic, The Coachella Review, TINGE and other literary magazines. He currently serves as a fiction reader for Quarterly West. You can read his work 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 and British literature, composition, journalism and media studies. He first taught at the University of Missouri in 2012 before teaching at UIC, Macquarie and Roosevelt University.

Trained as a magazine journalist, Alex received a B.J. in magazine writing from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in 2009. 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.