Alex Rose grew up in Providence, RI and graduated from Hampshire College in 1998 where he studied creative writing and film production. Since then, Rose has published stories and essays in The New York Times, The Believer, Fantasy Magazine, The American Scholar, The North American Review, The Providence Journal, The Forward, Ploughshares, Obit-Mag and DIAGRAM, as well as on many popular blogs such as The Millions and PopMatters. His hypertext novel, Synapse: the Weblog of Catherine Bloom, was serialized on the Hotel St. George website during the Winter of 2007. His debut collection, The Musical Illusionist and Other Tales (Oct. 07) was described by Library Journal as “a potential cult classic” and an “utterly original work of fiction.” His short story, “Ostracon,” was recently included in the 2009 edition of The Best American Short Stories edited by Alice Sebold, and his essay, “Stranger in a Strange Land” is set to appear in New York Stories, an anthology of New York Times features.
As a filmmaker, Rose’s many short films and videos have screened in over two dozen festivals worldwide, including the Los Angeles Film Festival, the Newport Film Festival and the Palm Spring International Short Film Festival, where in 2000, his film, New Apartment, won the award for “Best Film Under Two Minutes.” His work has also appeared on television networks such as HBO, MTV, Comedy Central, ShowTime and the BBC. His Flash animation series, Almost Bendy, won HBO’s “Best of the Web” Award, and in 2004, Rose was awarded the “Prism Prix” prize for innovative filmmaking by the Rhode Island Prism Foundation. The music video he directed for the hit song, “The Girl’s Attractive,” by Diamond Nights was selected by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the Best Music Videos of 2006, and his 91-second parody, David and Mamet, was acquired by McSweeney’s Wholphin series, subsequently described by the Very Short List as “a clever, acute short-form film that puts to shame many a long-form Hollywood feature.” Listening to Color, Rose’s short subject documentary on designer Alexander Julian (commissioned by the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art), completed a gallery tour of the US and Japan, while his latest film, Call it Fiction, a 14-minute comic drama starring Ron Silver and JoBeth Williams, was acquired by Shorts International, the largest distributor of short films in the world.
As a graphic designer, Rose has created websites and book covers for acclaimed authors such as Porochista Khakpour, Ben Greenman and Jeff Sharlet. A poster he designed for the Undiscovered Islands New Music Festival in June of 2009 is being included in an anthology of letterpress designs, entitled Adventures in Letterpress.
In the summer of 2006, Rose designed and helped launch the online literary and arts quarterly, Hotel St. George Press, which he continues to edit. Shortly thereafter, HSG was taken on as an imprint of Akashic Books and has published four critically acclaimed titles. Currently, Rose is working on a novel, compiling an anthology of contemporary Fabulism and helping to edit the popular religious criticism website, Killing the Buddha. He resides in Brooklyn, NY.