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 North American Review, The Providence Journal, The Forward, Ploughshares and DIAGRAM. 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 selected by Alice Sebold to be included in the 2009 edition of The Best American Short Stories.
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.
More recently, his music video 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), recently completed a gallery tour in Japan, while his latest film, Call it Fiction, a 14-minute comic drama starring Ron Silver and JoBeth Williams, was acquired by Shorts International.
In the summer of 2006, Rose designed and helped launch the online literary and arts quarterly, Hotel St. George Press, which he continues to publish with fellow writer/editors Aaron Petrovich and David Willems. Shortly thereafter, HSG was taken on as an imprint of Akashic Books and is now a functioning independent literary company. Currently, Rose is working on a novel and editing an anthology of contemporary Fabulism. He resides in Brooklyn, NY where he writes, edits, directs and eats chili.