Nor has imbibing the acidic smog of Beijing, a city she called “home” for the better part of a decade, caused tooth loss. Attribute this blessing to the fact that she is not a mouth breather. Don’t ask about her sinuses.
Maya worried that she cracked a tooth in Botswana, once, when she bit into an insufficiently ripe guava. But she didn’t.
Maya fell asleep one night in Louisiana and dreamed that Death came to her and put his boney finger in her mouth, and she bit it off, whereupon she awoke with a ghastly “crunch” resounding in her ears, and ran to the bathroom fearing broken teeth. But it was just a dream.
Maya fell off the stage during a gig in Beijing, while performing a cover of the Jet song, “Are you gonna be my girl?,” and she bruised her lower back. No teeth were injured in the fiasco.
Maya’s current projects include flossing, seeing reality as it is and accepting it, and appreciating how lucky she is in the context of human existence since the end of the last ice age 11,000 years ago.
“Champions of Pleasure,” The Stockholm Review of Literature (Issue 15, Nov. 2016)
“Orfea wrestles Death,” Fabula Argentea (Issue 18, Jan. 2017)
“Caravan” and “The Full Circle,” The Light Ekphrastic (Issue 29, Feb. 2017)
“Come Cautiously,” forthcoming in Boston Accent Lit (Issue 7, Feb. 2017)
“The Sudd,” forthcoming in Thrice (Issue 19, Apr. 2017)
“Tourist in Hades,” forthcoming in Loud Zoo (Issue 9, Apr. 2017)
“Getting Therapy in Beijing Is a Production,” forthcoming in Adelaide (Year II, No. 6, May 2017)
“Ghost Limbs,” forthcoming in The Mulberry Fork Review (Issue 7, TBA)
Maya’s novel, The Celebration Husband, is out and about in the beautiful world. Be kind to the environment and buy it print-on-demand at Lulu . . . and then clear your reading decks for this head-turning, finger-snapping, mind-elevating, laughter-provoking, historically-inspired, action-adventure, anthropological-romance of a page turner! Aristocratic lady runs intelligence missions for the British irregular forces fighting the Germans in East Africa during World War I: sexy, elegant, dangerous, irresistible, adjective, adjective, adjective—you’ll love it!
Special feature!!!! From the blog archives, Maya’s contemporaneous accounts of researching The Celebration Husband document her adventure behind the adventure story, presented here for the exclusive thrill and enjoyment of you, oh wise, discerning, cultured, brilliant, and selective reader:
Off-road, unmapped and out of her mind
An OBE for James Willson
“Pole pole”: the Tao of Mount Kilimanjaro
Getting bugged by the writer’s life
The East African Novel
A voice of her own
Denys Finch-Hatton, the not-great aristocrat
Ready for the shovel
Of wisdom and imperial ambivalence
The cactus is only getting louder! On Thursday, 9 March, 8 p.m., at the Dionysian watering hole, Spirits of Mount Vernon, on Read & N. Charles in Baltimore, Maya will perform her new short story, “To the Depths,” along with a line-up of super-needled-and-amplified artists, including painter Nathanael Absher, writer Rafael Alvarez, painter Scott Brooks, writer Nairobi Collins, poet Ed Doyle-Gillespie, visual artist Katie Feild, singer-songwriter Brooks Long, sonic-sculptors Jeremy Mandel and Maggie Wilkinson, book artist Jenny O’Grady, opera singer Aaron Thacker, and poet Stephen Zerance. The question of the night is, “Why am I attracted to stimulation that destabilizes me?”
What the hell, you may ask? Good question! Maya is one of the organizers of the Amplified Cactus literary + art series, a six-part event saga presenting music, visual art, dance, and literature created around questions inspired by the amplified cactus. For those of you untutored in the deeply, profoundly experimental music scene, an amplified cactus is a cactus with a microphone, a musical instrument (rub its needles, hear it sing) for which John Cage wrote music, and it’s a metaphor for all of us: needles and mics!
We are currently in our Spring Series, with the last three installments scheduled for Thursday, 9 March; Thursday, 13 April; and Thursday, 11 May, all at Spirits of Mount Vernon, 8 p.m. No cover charge now or ever! Free and open to the public! All are welcome, and we mean ALL.
The questions raised in our Fall Series were: “Can I defend myself without hurting others?” (September); “Is brutality good for me?” (October); and “Can I thrive in a pathological environment?” (November).
Thanks to all the magnificent artists and organizers whose time, dedication, generosity, and good cheer made all these events such a tremendous success!
For personal enquiries, Maya Alexandri can be reached at maya.alexandri @ gmail.com.
For professional enquiries (excepting world rights for The Celebration Husband), please contact:
Madison Smartt Bell
Ayesha Pande Literary
128 West 132 Street
New York City, NY 10027
For world rights enquiries in connection with The Celebration Husband, please contact:
Wampe de Veer
Blackbird Literary Agency
Pieter de Hooghlaan 27
3741 RL Baarn, The Netherlands
b.lit.agency @ gmail.com