Alexia Arthurs

Alexia Arthurs

Alexia Arthurs

Assistant Professor

Alexia Arthurs is the author of the short story collection How to Love a Jamaican (Ballantine, 2018). The story “Bad Behavior” was awarded the Paris Review’s 2017 Plimpton prize and “Mermaid River” was awarded a 2019 O. Henry award and a 2019 Best American Short Stories honorable mention. Before joining the English department at George Mason, she taught fiction writing at the University of Iowa and Colby College. 

Selected Publications

“Can we finally talk about colourism?,” Harper’s Bazaar, 2020

“Light-Skinned Girls and Kelly Rowlands,” Shondaland, 2018

“Shirley from a Small Place,” Granta, 2018

“Island,” Buzzfeed, 2018

“Mermaid River,” The Sewanee Review, 2018

“The ghost of Jia Yi,” Vice, 2017

“Slack,” Virginia Quarterly Review, 2017

“Bad Behavior,” The Paris Review, 2016


M.F.A., Creative Writing, University of Iowa, 2014

B.A., Creative Writing and Media, Hunter College, 2011

In the Media

Interview with For Colored Girls Book Club, 2019

Interview with The Sewanee Review, 2019

Interview with The Paris Review, 2018

Interview with Hazlitt, 2018

Interview with Five Books about Caribbean Literature, 2019