Alexandra Chasin

Alexandra Chasin writes across genres and media, engaged by and with people, politics, ideas, the phenomenal world, and the infinite im/possibilities of language.

Chasin's last work of fiction—Brief, a novella about an art vandal—was released as an app in 2012 and a book in 2013. Her other books are: Kissed By, a collection of innovative short fictions; and Selling Out: The Gay and Lesbian Movement Goes to Market, a study of the effects of target marketing on the LGBT social movement. Chasin was the recipient of a 2012 Fellowship in Fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and a 2013-14 fellowship at the Leon Levy Center for Biography at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Assassin of Youth: A Kaleidoscopic History of Harry J. Anslinger's War on Drugs is an intergenre and interdisciplinary cultural history of the origins of the war on drugs in the U.S., published by the University of Chicago Press in late 2016. Chasin directs Writing On It All, a participatory project that invites artists, writers, and interested members of the public to write on the interior of a house in facilitated sessions.

Chasin is Associate Professor of Literary Studies at Lang College, The New School. Language engineer, revisionist writer, and cultural worker, Chasin lives and teaches and writes in New York City.