Alix Strauss

A media savvy social satirist, Alix has been a featured lifestyle and trend writer on national morning and talk shows including ABC, CBS, CNN, and most recently, The Today Show. Her articles, which have appeared in the New York Times, New York Post, Time Magazine, Marie Claire, Entertainment Weekly, Self, Esquire, and Departures (among others), cover a range of topics from trends in beauty, travel, and food to celebrity interviews. She is the author of the award winning short story collection, The Joy of Funerals (St. Martin's Press), and the editor of Have I Got a Guy for You (Adams Media), an anthology of mother coordinated dating horror stories. Her latest book, Death Becomes Them: Unearthing the Suicides of the Brilliant, the Famous, and the Notorious was released in 2009 by Harper Collins and has been optioned as a television show by a well known producer. Based Upon Availability, her second novel, is due to be released in June of 2010 (Harper Collins).

The Joy of Funerals won the Ingram Award, and was named Best Debut Novel by The New York Resident. Alixʼs essays have been anthologized - most recently in Sex, Drugs & Gefilte Fish... The Heeb Storytelling Collection. Her short fiction has appeared in the Primavera Literary Journal, Hampton Shorts Literary Journal, The Idaho Review, Quality Women's Fiction, The Blue Moon Café III, and A Kudzu Christmas. Her short story, “Shrinking Away”, won the David Dornstein Creative Writing Award. She is the recipient of several awards and fellowships from programs such as the Wesleyan Writers Conference, the Skidmore College Writerʼs Institute, the Sarah Lawrence Summer Program, and the Squaw Valleyʼs Screenwritersʼ Summer Program.

Alix lectures extensively, having spoken at over 100 events and symposiums. She was chosen to speak at the National Jewish Book Festival, and is on the National Speakers Bureau for Israeli Bonds. In addition, she has spoken at numerous conferences and panels including: The Southern Festival of Books, The Northwest Bookfest, The New England's Writer's Conference, Wesleyan Writer's conference, The 92nd Street Y, NYU, Center For Communications, Mediabistro, Columbia University, among others. She hosted a monthly event at Makor called Word of Mouth Thursdays, featuring readings of personal essays, works in-progress, and novel excerpts.

Alix received a degree in Educational Theater from NYU, and has taught Fiction, Creative Writing, Personal Essays, and Writing for Magazines for the past fifteen years.

Contact Alix at alixtjof@aol.com