writerfaceI'm Alex Simand. I live and work in San Francisco, having arrived here via a circuitous route: Russian/ Middle Eastern immigrant who grew up in Canada. In spite of a summer Zodiac sign, I yearn for subzero temperatures and talk about poutine more often than is appropriate. I hold an MFA from Antioch University Los Angeles (whose website inexplicably features my face) and write short fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. My work has appeared in North American Review, Matador Review, Hippocampus Magazine, Mudseason Review, Five2One Magazine, Drunk Monkeys, and other publications. My short story, Election Cycle, was a winner of the 2017 Best Small Fictions Prize. I am the former Editor for Blog, Nonfiction, and the Diana Woods Memorial Prize at Lunch Ticket and I have worked on the masthead of various other literary journals.

Thanks for visiting, or whatever.

"One of my favorite things to do as a writer is to play with the physical, the sensual..."

excerpt from an interview with Brett Sigurdson of Mud Season Review

Editorial experience

Meow Meow Pow Pow Lit | Prose Editor

FIVE:2:ONE Magazine | Creative Nonfiction Editor

HOOT Review | Content Contributor

Zoetic Press | Reader

Lunch Ticket Special | Associate Editor

Lunch Ticket | Lead Editor, Blog Team

Lunch Ticket | Lead Editor, Creative Nonfiction

Lunch Ticket | Assistant Editor, Creative Nonfiction

Lunch Ticket | Copyeditor

Prague Revue | Associate Editor

Red Light Lit | Reader

"Here is love. See its blossoming, watch it take root with a curling of pinky fingers, echoing over the lake, over the perch’s gills, rousing the loon from its drift as its head jerks at the shore."

excerpt from "on love and fish" on Red Fez

Both the readership of the literary magazine on the whole, and the quality of the blog have increased since he donned the editorial mantle. We are very lucky to have him spearheading our efforts and I recommend him unreservedly to you. He is clever and kind. He is a total gem.

Mary Birnbaum, Blogger, Lunch Ticket

Alex Simand’s top notch work ethic, excellent writing and editorial skills, and enthusiastic commitment would be an asset to any organization. I would wholeheartedly work with him in any writing and editorial endeavor.

Arielle Silver, Editor in Chief, Lunch Ticket