Gessy Alvarez


Website http://diggingthroughthefat.com/

Books by Gessy Alvarez
  • by Pure Slush
    Lulu.com, 2012.

  • by Anthony Blake
    CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013.
  • About Me

    Gessy Alvarez earned her MFA from Columbia University and taught fiction in the New York City public school system and at Columbia University Medical Center. She's received scholarships from Columbia University, the Fine Arts Work Center, and the Aspen Writers’ Foundation, as well as, artist residencies at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts and the Millay Colony for the Arts, where she was a Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellow. She is an alum of the Voices at VONA Workshop and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.

    Her short stories have appeared in TheNewerYork's Electric Encyclopedia of Experimental Literature, Hothouse Magazine, A Clean, Well-Lighted Place, Literary Orphans, Black Heart Magazine, Bartleby Snopes, Camroc Press Review, Thrice Fiction, Pure Slush, Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, Apocrypha and Abstractions, Lost In Thought, Letras Caseras, and Pank.

    She features interviews with writers and poets at her blog, Digging Through the Fat: ripping out the heart, and is at work on a collection of short prose.

    Why do you write?

    Everything I write about has to do with being Latina and working-class. Everything I'm interested in writing about was at one point or another forbidden.

    Any favorite authors? Books?

    Hemingway, Faulkner, Chekhov, Woolf, Joyce, Jean Rhys, Djuna Barnes, Don Delillo, Thomas Pynchon, George Saunders, Mary Gaitskill, Junot Diaz, Roberto Bolano...I could go on and on but I'll leave it at that.

    To me 'favorite books' means books I'll never forget: Wide Sargasso Sea, Last Exit to Brooklyn, On the Road, Crying of Lot 49, Wild Palms, Portrait of An Artist As a Young Man, The Body Artist...

    Gessy Alvarez's Wall

    Adam Strong – Jan 22, 2013

    Thanks for the kind words on my piece, 1976, glad you enjoyed it!

    Nathaniel Tower – Jan 08, 2013

    Thank you for commenting on the best story I've ever written!

    Tina Barry – Jan 07, 2013

    Hi Gessy. I'm invited to participate in a reading at the Vica Miller Literary Salon. It will be me and three other poets. The reading will take place Wednesday, January 23rd at the Susan Eley Gallery on 90th Street in NYC. If you're interested, let me know and I'll send details.

    Hope you're well and all best for 2013,

    Tina

    Gloria Garfunkel – Jan 01, 2013

    What you say about husband readers is sadly true. The more love, the worse as reader.

    John Riley – Nov 21, 2012

    Thanks Gessy for your nice comment on "Mr. Doss."

    Barry Basden – Nov 06, 2012

    Thanks, Gessy, for your nice comment about my Neil Young poem.

    Gloria Garfunkel – Nov 05, 2012

    Glad you liked the kiss in Princess.

    Gloria Garfunkel – Nov 05, 2012

    Thanks for your incisive comment on Tribe.

    Tina Barry – Sep 17, 2012

    Hi Gessy, Thanks for the comments about No Sleep. I'm working on the lines you mentioned. By the way, I'm looking forward to meeting you at the KGB.

    Harley May – Sep 09, 2012

    Gessy! (I have never seen your facebefore and it is lovely)

    Thank you so much for reading and liking "Huntingtons." Means so much.

    HM

    Marda Miller – Aug 28, 2012

    Hi Gessy, thank you so much for your insightful comment on The Art of Madness :)
    Cheers!

    W.R. Smith – Aug 27, 2012

    Thanks Gessy, that's and interesting name--Gessy. Thanks for reading and commenting. Comments make the world go 'round.

    Gloria Garfunkel – Aug 13, 2012

    Thanks you for iNuke; but Life is short and art long as Hippocrates said. This is my curse and my blessing: big ideas in small packages. Thank you.

    Ann Bogle – Jul 23, 2012

    Gessy, thanks for your reading of "Turning Thirty." You leave a mystery in how you respond to it, as I like to leave when I write as well. Sisters without borders of the doctors of "turning thirty" were women who had risked less at the beginning, inspired by early riskers, borrowing caution from them, yet not becoming their sisters. This is reminding me of the playground ball. There's more to write.

    Roberto C. Garcia – Jul 20, 2012

    Yes! Thanks for saying Roberto Gessy! LOL!

    Gloria Garfunkel – Jul 17, 2012

    Thank you for your generous comment on The Miracle of My Father's Hat.

    Barry Basden – Jul 11, 2012

    O wow, Gessy. You've made me blush. Thanks so much for your comments and praise of 'Hints of the Blitz.' Seriously...

    John Riley – Jun 15, 2012

    Thanks, Gessy for reading and commenting on "Keep Chopping." I'm flatter that you like it.

    Penny Goring – Jun 05, 2012

    Thanks for your comment on The Cull me Cuddle me of the Call-me-to-you and the Terrifying smell of Downstairs. x

    Roberto C. Garcia – Apr 12, 2012

    HI Gessy, it's been my mantra for a while I only just got around to writing it. LOL, glad you liked "Hunter, Fate, Food".

    Michael Gillan Maxwell – Mar 26, 2012

    Hey Gessy! Thank you so much for taking the time to read "Watching TV by Candlelight" and for your thoughtful comment - I really appreciate it!

    Michael Gillan Maxwell – Mar 13, 2012

    Hey Gessy! Thanks so much for taking the time to read "One True Sentence" and offer such a thoughtful comment. I really appreciate it!

    J. Mykell Collinz – Feb 17, 2012

    Hi, Gessy. Thanks for reading 'Rome Ants In The Sky.' I greatly appreciate your comment and fav.

    Marcus Speh – Jan 30, 2012

    Appreciate your comment on "<a href="http://www.fictionaut.com/stories/fantomas/happy-feet">Happy Feet</a>", Gessy. Letras Caseras rocks the boat.

    Con Chapman – Jan 25, 2012

    Gessy--Thanks for commenting on All-College Girl Revue. A friend of mine saw it and said he was waiting until the opened a bar with an all-girl-graduate student revue.

    Beate Sigriddaughter – Jan 16, 2012

    Thanks for your comment on "New Song of Innocence and Experience," Gessy. Nice to cause a smile.

    Nocticula – Jan 14, 2012

    Gessy, Thanks for reading and for your kind comments on "Some Will Leave." Much appreciated!

    J. Mykell Collinz – Jan 11, 2012

    Hi, Gessy. Thanks for reading, 'Soroz.' I greatly appreciate your comment and fav.

    Bill Yarrow – Jan 06, 2012

    I see Robert welcomed you over a year ago! Whoops! I should read more closely. Sorry!

    Bill Yarrow – Jan 06, 2012

    Welcome to Fictionaut, Gessy! Thanks for your kind comment on "She Waited for Him."

    Darryl Price – Jan 05, 2012

    'bout time someone gave Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man some love! Welcome!

    Amy Geeleher – Dec 27, 2011

    Thank you Gessy for the comment on the short, Susie, I truly appreciate it! I long for moments when peace is savored, when the madness releases finally. Peace.

    Misti Rainwater-Lites – May 27, 2011

    Hi Gessy! Thanks so much for your kind words. Much appreciated.

    Misti Rainwater-Lites – May 21, 2011

    Lookin' forward to readin' more of your stuff!

    Robert Vaughan – Nov 10, 2010

    Welcome to Fictionaut, Gessy!

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