Alex Charalambides is a 2011 Worcester Arts Council Fellowship Grant Recipient. An American Born Son of Greek Refugees who fled Romania when Communists took over most of the Eastern Bloc during the 1950’s. Raised in Worcester Massachusetts, he is Boston College Graduate who began performing poetry in the fall of 2000. He’s the first poet to represent poetry slam teams from Worcester, Boston & Providence at the annual National Poetry Slam, ranking as high as 5th in the team competition (2003). Winner of the “Last Chance” Slam at the 2005 Individual World Poetry Slam Championships, he went on to place 17th nationally.
Alex currently works as a teaching artist, Speech & Debate Coach, Performer and most recently as Managing Director for Mass LEAP Collective, a 501(c)3 Sponsored Organization that coordinates the annual Louder than a Bomb Massachusetts Youth Poetry Slam Festival. This work was inspired and informed by his time as founder & director of Speakout! Poetry Collective, a group responsible for mentoring teen poets at the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Festival, coaching & chaperoning Worcester Youth Slam Teams from 2004 to 2011. Aside from the LTAB Youth Festival, Mass LEAP (Literary Education & Performance) also offers teen poetry workshops, school assembly performances and teacher development trainings. www.massleapcollective.org
He’s appeared as a poetry mentor for the PBS kids series “Fetch,” fronted a musical fusion band called Skint, toured North America for 6 months in 2005/2006 in support of his debut album, “I am B.” Was an original cast member of the Cambridge Poetry Award Winning theater ensemble “Doc Brown’s Poetry Circus.” He has also hosted, facilitated workshops, organized & performed at countless events from libraries to rock clubs throughout New England.