Alex DiFrancesco

Fiction | Cleveland State University | Class of 2020

About Alex

Alex DiFrancesco is a multi-genre writer who has published work in The Washington Post, Tin House, Brevity, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and more. Their essay collection Psychopomps was a runner-up in Civil Coping Mechanisms’ Mainline competition, and was published in February of 2019. Their second novel All City was published in June of the same year. Their Gothic-inspired short story collection, Transmutation, about the radical reclamation of monsters by the marginalized, is due for publication in Fall of 2021.

Do you have any eccentric habits/strategies to get you started writing?

I turned a walk-in closet in my apartment into a small office. Behind my desk are pictures of all my heroes looking disapproving. This along with some lit candles usually gets me started.

Secret talent:

I play the Jaw Harp.

Your most awkward moment with a famous writer?

I met songwriter Jeff Mangum after he’d been in hiding for 10 years and came out of it to play a small set to about 20 assembled people at Occupy Wall Street in Zuccotti Park. I told him a long, rambling story about singing the entirety of one of his albums in a quiet room in a mental hospital. He looked like he wanted to go back into hiding.