Charles Alexander is a Poet, Bookmaker, founder/director of Chax Press. Author of six full-length books of poetry and 13 brief chapbooks of poetry, editor of one critical work on the state of the book arts in America, author of multiple essays, articles, and reviews. Most recent books of poetry are AT the Edge OF the Sea: Pushing Water II, published by Singing Horse Press; Pushing Water, published by Cuneiform Press; and the chapbooks Some Sentences Look for Some Periods, Two Pushing Waters, and Pushing Water: The Scaffolds. Pushing Water III is forthcoming from Cuneiform Press. He has taught literature and writing at Naropa University, the University of Arizona, and at the University of Houston-Victoria, where he directed the MFA Creative Writing Program and managed the UHV Center for the Arts. He is a past recipient of the Arizona Arts Award, and has participated in the TAMAAS Poetry Translation Project in Paris. In January 2016 he served as a faculty member for US Poets in Mexico. He was a featured presenter at the 7th and 8th International CAAP Conferences in China (2018 and 2019), and in 2019 he was a featured lecturer and keynote speaker at the Swan Shakespeare Lecture Series in Chongqing, China. In 2021 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement award in Literary Publishing by CLMP. He lives in Tucson, Arizona, with his partner, the painter Cynthia Miller.