What’s new?

My chapbook, THE DEAD KID POEMS, (KYSO Flash, 2019) published in May. The sequel to my first book of elegies: State of Grace: The Joshua Elegies,(KYSO Flash, 2015), The Dead Kid Poems takes up where State of Grace left off. It chronicles the all-too-familiar stories of youth mowed down by circumstances: School shootings, drive-bys, suicides, overdose, accidents, disease, all are relevant. All are claiming kids before their time.


Why title the chapbook The Dead Kid Poems?

Okay, so it’s dark. Back in 2015, when the first book of elegies published, everyone warned me not to title it “The Dead Kid Poems.” It was only my second book. People said no one would read a book with “dead” and “kids” in the title. I took their sage advice. Now, four years and several published books later, I figure people know what I’m about. I believe in truth in advertising. So it’s shocking. Sadly, we’ve grown accustomed to dead kids. We need to be shocked into action.


I’ve grown accustomed to the sound
of gunfire zinging through the air,

the kid who shoots his classmates in his
impotent despair.

I’ve grown accustomed to their screams,
the ending of their dreams;
accustomed to dead kids.

(From “Accustomed To Dead Kids”) © 2019 Alexis Rhone Fancher)


So what’s on your horizon, post-Dead Kids?

My next, full-length collection, EROTIC: New & Collected Poems, will publish in 2020 from New York Quarterly. Stay tuned!


What are you working on now?

I always have several projects running. My next, full-length collection, No Exit, is circulating. And My Criminal Boyfriend, a noir, flash novella, is half-way completed. Photography-wise, The Southern California Poets Project has over 200 poets photographed, and continues to grow.


Anything else???

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Poet and photographer ALEXIS RHONE FANCHER has work published in over 200 literary magazines, journals, and anthologies, including Best American Poetry, Rattle, Hobart, Verse Daily, The MacGuffin, Plume, Duende, Tinderbox, Diode, Nashville Review, Rust + Moth, Nasty Women Poets, Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond, among others. Her photographs have been published worldwide, including the cover of Witness and Pithead Chapel, and a five-page spread in River Styx. Her books include: How I Lost My Virginity to Michael Cohen & other heart stab poems, Enter Here, and the autobiographical, Junkie Wife. Her chapbook, State of Grace: The Joshua Elegies was released in 2015, and its companion, The Dead Kid Poems, published in May, 2019. EROTIC, a volume of her new and selected erotica, will be published in 2020 by New York Quarterly. A nominee of multiple Pushcart Prize, Best Small Fictions, Best Micro-fiction, and Best of the Net awards, Alexis is poetry editor of Cultural Weekly. She and her husband live 20 miles outside of Los Angeles, in a small beach community overlooking the Pacific Ocean. They have an extraordinary view.

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