Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing

Alexs Pate

Fiction, Poetry, Writing for Social Change
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Office Location

Stonecoast MFA Office: 98 Bedford Street, Portland, ME 04103


Stonecoast MFA Office: 207-780-4423


Alexs Pate (Fiction, Poetry, Writing for Social Change) is the author of five novels including the New York Times Bestseller Amistad, commissioned by Steven Spielberg’s Dreamworks/SKG and based on the screenplay by David Franzoni. Other novels include Losing Absalom, Finding MakebaThe Multicultiboho Sideshow and West of Rehoboth, which was selected as “Honor Fiction Book” for 2002 by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Alexs’s first book of nonfiction, In The Heart of the Beat: The Poetry of Rap was published by Scarecrow Press January 2010. His memoir, The Past is Perfect: Memoir of a Father/Son Reunion will be published next year by Coffee House Press. An excerpt of the memoir appears in the Fall 2007 edition of Black Renaissance Noire. Alexs’s poetry collection, Innocent, was published in 1998. Alexs is an Assistant Professor in African American and African Studies at the University of Minnesota, where he teaches courses in writing and black literature, including a course on “The Poetry of Rap.” He is currently at work on two novels, The Slide and a story about a black pirate captain, Adventures of the Black Arrow: Search for Libertalia.

Recent Publications

Selected Publications:

In The Heart of the Beat: The Poetry of Rap. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2010.

West of Rehoboth. Novel. New York: William Morrow, 2001.

The Multicultiboho Sideshow. Novel. New York: Avon/Bard, 1999.

Amistad: A Novel. New York: Signet, 1997.

Finding Makeba. Novel. New York: G.P. Putnam, 1997.

Losing Absalom. Novel. Minneapolis, MN: Coffee House Press, 1994.