Alex Dawson

Alex Dawson has an MFA in Creative Writing and Literature from Bennington College. He teaches Creative Writing in Middle Grade & YA Fiction, Multi-Genre Creative Writing, and Audio Storytelling at Rutgers University. He is the curator/host of Rutgers University's "Inside the Writers House," a weekly series of candid conversations with acclaimed authors; and the curator/host of "The All Ages Show," RU's annual kid lit conference.

Dawson is the creator/director of "Rac-on-Tour," a series of writing workshops/retreats in colorful places: "Fantasy in Findhorn" (also w. Lev Grossman), a winter workshop on the North Sea of Scotland, "So Go in Savannah" (also w. Clay Mcleod Chapman), a summer, Southern Gothic workshop in the country's most haunted city, and "Dark Paris" (also w. Rolf Potts), a horror fiction workshop at the Paris American Academy.

Until 2012, Dawson was the owner of The Raconteur, a now-defunct bookshop and performance venue hailed by The New York TimesThe GuardianThe Huffington Post, and The Star Ledger. He is the founder of "Raconteur Ventures: Events for the Adventurous," a company dedicated to reviving and animating communities through unusual, cultural programming, and the host of "Raconteurs & Roustabouts," a vaudevillian variety show that puts authors on stage alongside musicians and sideshow performers. He is an award-winning playwright and set designer and the former artistic director of the East Village theater company Bon Bock Productions.

Dawson's Rapscallion Club, a forthcoming archeological adventure series for all ages, has been described as "Calvin & Hobbes meets Indiana Jones." His sci-fi/horror podcast, Parker Highland Always Wins!, has been described as "Buffy by way of Buckaroo Banzai;" his dark YA novel, Welcome to White Hart, due out December 2018, has been described as "Charlotte's Web meets Winter's Bone." He is currently working on a collection of Southern ghost stories called Deep in the Jeeps of Georgia and a memoir of growing up in Alabama called Room to Swing An Axe.