Alumna Alexandra Watson '15 Awarded PEN/Nora Magid Award for Editing

BY Zoe Contros Kearl, February 6, 2019

Alumna Alexandra Watson '15 will receive the PEN/Nora Magid Award for Editing for her high literary stewardship as the editor of Apogee, a journal of literature and art, foregrounding writers of color and engaging with issues of race, gender, and class, including Apogee‘s “Alternate Canon” series.


The PEN/Nora Magid Award for Editing is awarded to a magazine editor whose high literary standards and taste have, throughout his or her career, contributed significantly to the excellence of the publication he or she edits. The prize was judged by Mark Doten, Kima Jones, and Daniel A. Olivas. Honorees will be celebrated at the 2019 PEN America Literary Awards Ceremony on February 26, 2019, in NYC.


Watson is a fiction writer. She teaches writing at Barnard and is managing editor of Apogee Journal, a publication that specializes in art and literature that engage with identity politics and social justice. She received her undergraduate degree from Brown University and her MFA from Columbia University.