Alexis Kienlen is originally from Saskatoon, but currently lives in Edmonton. She is the author of four books, and numerous articles, as well as poems, fiction and non-fiction pieces. She holds an Honours Degree in International Studies from the University of Saskatchewan, a Graduate Diploma in Journalism from Concordia University and a Certificate in Food Security from Ryerson University.
Of mixed Chinese and Caucasian ancestry, Alexis was the literary editor of Ricepaper magazine from 2001-2006. She wrote a column about books for The Grande Prairie Daily Herald Tribune for 11 years. She is a frequent speaker, for both in-person and virtual events. She loves teaching writing, and ran the Edmonton Teen Writers mentorship group from 2008-2010.
Since 2008, Alexis has worked as a reporter with Alberta Farmer Express. She has reported from the Philippines, Sweden and South Africa.
Areas of interest include literature, movies, Chinese Canadian history, agriculture (especially the cattle industry), mixed race ethnic identity, classical guitar, dance, and human rights.