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.
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.
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...
Thanks for the kind words on my piece, 1976, glad you enjoyed it!
Thank you for commenting on the best story I've ever written!
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,
What you say about husband readers is sadly true. The more love, the worse as reader.
Thanks Gessy for your nice comment on "Mr. Doss."
Thanks, Gessy, for your nice comment about my Neil Young poem.
Glad you liked the kiss in Princess.
Thanks for your incisive comment on Tribe.
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.
Gessy! (I have never seen your facebefore and it is lovely)
Thank you so much for reading and liking "Huntingtons." Means so much.
Hi Gessy, thank you so much for your insightful comment on The Art of Madness :)
Thanks Gessy, that's and interesting name--Gessy. Thanks for reading and commenting. Comments make the world go 'round.
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.
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.
Yes! Thanks for saying Roberto Gessy! LOL!
Thank you for your generous comment on The Miracle of My Father's Hat.
O wow, Gessy. You've made me blush. Thanks so much for your comments and praise of 'Hints of the Blitz.' Seriously...
Thanks, Gessy for reading and commenting on "Keep Chopping." I'm flatter that you like it.
Thanks for your comment on The Cull me Cuddle me of the Call-me-to-you and the Terrifying smell of Downstairs. x
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".
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!
Hey Gessy! Thanks so much for taking the time to read "One True Sentence" and offer such a thoughtful comment. I really appreciate it!
Hi, Gessy. Thanks for reading 'Rome Ants In The Sky.' I greatly appreciate your comment and fav.
Appreciate your comment on "<a href="http://www.fictionaut.com/stories/fantomas/happy-feet">Happy Feet</a>", Gessy. Letras Caseras rocks the boat.
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.
Thanks for your comment on "New Song of Innocence and Experience," Gessy. Nice to cause a smile.
Gessy, Thanks for reading and for your kind comments on "Some Will Leave." Much appreciated!
Hi, Gessy. Thanks for reading, 'Soroz.' I greatly appreciate your comment and fav.
I see Robert welcomed you over a year ago! Whoops! I should read more closely. Sorry!
Welcome to Fictionaut, Gessy! Thanks for your kind comment on "She Waited for Him."
'bout time someone gave Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man some love! Welcome!
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.
Hi Gessy! Thanks so much for your kind words. Much appreciated.
Lookin' forward to readin' more of your stuff!
Welcome to Fictionaut, Gessy!