Alexis Paige grew up in Chicago, Arizona, California, Boston, and Texas, before moving to Vermont in 2008 when she began teaching at Vermont Technical College. She teaches creative writing, technical writing, rhetoric, and humanities courses, both on the Randolph campus and online. Paige’s scholarly interests include storytelling and narrative structure; nonfiction forms and multimedia expression; and race, social justice, and mass incarceration.
As a working writer—with a background in newspaper reporting and public relations—Paige approaches the classroom with attention to the writing process and issues of craft. Her goal is to help students navigate the complexities and rewards of critical thinking and writing; to awaken them to the delights and power of language; and to improve students’ rhetorical and mechanical skills, regardless of their career goals.
Paige is the author of Not a Place on Any Map, a memoir about trauma and addiction, and winner of the 2016 Vine Leaves Press Vignette Collection Award. Her essays have been featured in the annual Best American Essays series, and her creative and scholarly work appear widely in literary journals and anthologies. Winner of the New Millennium Nonfiction Prize and four-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Paige holds an MA in Poetry from San Francisco State University and an MFA in nonfiction and social justice writing from the University of Southern Maine.
She has also taught at the Community College of Vermont and Norwich University, served as writer-in-residence at Bay Path University, and as visiting artist at Saint Lawrence University. In addition to teaching, Paige works as a writing coach and editor for the Brevity literary journal and for Vine Leaves Press’ books division. She lives in a riverside farmhouse in central Vermont, with her husband and three rescue dogs.