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Amy Alvarez

Teaching Associate Professor

Curriculum Vitae

Amy M. Alvarez is the author of the poetry collection Makeshift Altar (University Press of Kentucky, 2024) and the co-editor of Essential Voices: A COVID-19 Anthology (West Virginia University Press, 2023). Selected as one of 2022’s Best New Poets, her work has appeared in Ploughshares, The Missouri Review, Obsidian, Colorado Review, The Ohio Review, The Acentos Review, Cincinnati Review, and elsewhere. She is a CantoMundo, VONA, Macondo, VCCA, and Furious Flower Poetry Center Fellow. In 2022, she was inducted as an Affrilachian Poet. Born in New York City to Jamaican and Puerto Rican parents, she worked at public high schools in the Bronx and Boston before coming to West Virginia University to teach writing. 

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Creative Writing 


Hip Hop and Gender

Black Appalachian Literature 

20th and 21st Century Black and Latine/x Poetry 

Writing Instruction