Alex Ward is from Dayton, Ohio and has lived all over the United States. He has been writing poetry forever, but only recently began publishing in places such as Bateau, Anemone Sidecar, Eclectica, and Birmingham Arts Review. His poem “Russian Lesson” was featured in the June issue of Driftward Press.
He is influenced by poets like (Fernando Pessoa, Blake, Bukowski, Emily Dickinson) as well as a simple desire to create things, rather than to consume. As a child, he spent great time drawing maps of imaginary countries and his poetry grew from those experiences.
Vultures, pigeons, doves and trains frequently appear in his writing. The reasoning of what these things represent for him is still mysterious.
Linda Elkins, a local visual artist and Mr. Ward have recently published a chapbook of poems called Rumi, Be With Me, and are currently working on a new book.
Alex also writes and records music. Two of his musical partners, Jeremy Ylvisaker (guitar) and Nick Hirka (drums) will be accompanying him for the poetry reading at Java John’s on December 4. The title of the reading is Renegades Like Us.
The trio forms the band "The Charmings" and have performed at The Haymarket and The Courtyard in Decorah, as well as the Icehouse in Minneapolis.