Hi, I'm Alexandra, a Poet and Graduate Teaching Associate.
Photo Credit: Rachel Cullon Photography
A Little About Myself
A writer based in Detroit, Michigan, I've received my BA in English Honors ('20) and MA in Creative Writing ('22) from Wayne State University. I'm currently pursuing an MFA in Poetry at Ohio State University where I expect to graduate in 2025. I'm a Graduate Teaching Associate at Ohio State and I've been the instructor of record for English 1110: First Year English Composition in the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 semesters. I also work for OSU's The Journal as Co-Poetry Editor.
Recently, I worked as an Assistant Writer in Residence with InsideOut Literary Arts, alternating between assisting and leading creative writing workshops for students in Detroit Public Schools. I also consider myself an amateur photographer and enjoy taking pictures of nature and the Detroit skyline. All the photos on this website, except any of myself, have been taken by me!
"Alexandra Smereka is as fine a poet as I've ever heard stand and deliver original work, like hearing the Irish diva Paula Meehan read about her father imagined as a statue of St. Francis for the first time."-Thomas Lynch
"I will never forget the last line of the song "Nocturne for the Breathless": 'Fear crowds the lungs, takes all the oxygen for itself. Open your wings and breathe.' Unforgettable." -Kurt Peterson, Broadway Producer, Performer, and Teacher