Alexa Koch is a second-year fiction candidate in the creative writing MFA program at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where she runs The Watermark Journal. She self-published a short novel in 2018, and her freelance work has appeared in several regional magazines. Originally from South Florida, where she earned her bachelor’s from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, she now lives in Quincy, Massachusetts.
Once earning her MFA in the spring of 2022, she plans to pursue a PhD in English (literature) with a focus on psychological realism in contemporary fiction. She is especially interested in narratology and reader response theory.
Alexa’s fiction is rooted in character psychology and identity, a kind of belonging in the modern world. Her intention is to link setting and character to express these emotions and conflicts.