Alex Poppe, Lecturer | The American University of Iraq Sulaimani

Alex Poppe, Lecturer

Academic Preparatory Program

M.A. The University of Glasgow
B.S. Marquette University

Email: [email protected]


Alex Poppe joined the APP in July, 2016.  Her teaching experience spans thirteen years and eight countries, including Iraq, Turkey, The West Bank, Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Panama and the United States. She has assisted on special education projects for the Ministry of Higher Education, Iraq and the US State Department, trained teachers for the US State Department, and presented at various conferences such as AMICAL, Cairo and The 19th International Conference of College of Arts on Languages and Translation; Al Mustansiriya University, Baghdad among others as well as guest taught creative writing at Wright College, Chicago and Rutgers University, Newark. Her work as an educator and researcher has been recognized by AUIS and Cambridge ESOL CELTA.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and economics (valedictorian), a conservatory degree in dramatic arts, T.E.S.L. certification and a master’s degree (Distinction) in creative writing. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in numerous magazines in the US and the UK. She is the author of two books of fiction: Girl, World by Laughing Fire Press (2017) and Moxie by Tortoise Books (2019). Girl, World was named a 35 Over 35 Debut Book Award winner, First Horizon Award finalist, Montaigne Medal finalist, short-listed for the Eric Hoffer Grand Prize and was awarded an Honorable Mention in General Fiction from the Eric Hoffer Awards. Her short fiction has been a finalist for Glimmer Train’s Family Matters contest, a nominee for the Pushcart Prize and commended for the Baker Prize among others. Her non-fiction was named a Best of the Net nominee (2016), a finalist for Hot Metal Bridge’s Social Justice Writing contest and has appeared in Bust and Bella Caledonia among others. She is working on her fourth book of fiction with support from Can Serrat International Art Residency and Duplo-Linea De Costa Artist in Residency programs. Read more about her book here.



Writing Awards

2019                            Catalusia, Dzanc Books Novella Prize, Honoree
2018                            Girl, World, Eric Hoffer Book Award Winner – Honorable Mention, General Fiction
2018                            Girl, World, Eric Hoffer Grand Prize Short List, The Eric Hoffer Award
2018                            Girl, World, First Horizon Award Finalist, The Eric Hoffer Award
2018                            Girl, World, Montaigne Medal Finalist, The Eric Hoffer Award
35 Over 35 Debut Book Award
2017                            Can Serrat Writer in Residency Award
2017                            “Room 308”, the Pushcart Prize, Current Nominee
2016                            “The Monster by the River”, Best of the Net 2016 Nominee
2016                            “What’s in a Name?” Hot Metal Bridge, Finalist, Social Justice Writing Contest
2015                            “Sanctuary” The Red Line” Finalist, Conflict Contest
2014                            “The Crystal Fairies” The Conium Review, Semi-finalist, Innovative Fiction Contest
2014                            “Mosul” The Baker Prize, Commended
2012                            “Kurdistan” Glimmer Train, Finalist, Family Matters Contest


Published Material - Fiction

2020                           Duende, Royal House Publishing, forthcoming 2022
2020                           Jinwar and Other Tales from The Levant, Cune Press,
2018                            Moxie, Tortoise Books
2017                            Girl, World, Laughing Fire Press
2017                            “Refugees Got Talent” L’Ephemere Review, Issue V: Sanctum
2017                            “Room 308” The Laurel Review, Issue 49.2
2016                            “Family Matter” The Massachusetts Review, Fall 2016
2016                            “Moxie” The Tacoma Review, Issue 7
2015                            “The Crystal Fairies” Stoneboat Literary Journal, November
2015                            “V”, SHORT FICTION the visual literary journal, Volume 9
2015                            “Ras Al-Amud” Litro, Issue 145: Missed Connections
2015                            “Zipper” Pear Drop a journal of art & literature, Issue 4
2015                            “Sanctuary The Red Line Short Story Magazine, Conflict Issue
2014                            “Mosul” Today and Yesterday, Inaugural Issue
2013                            “Morning Meals” Halfway Down the Stairs, December Issue
2013                            “Kurdistan” Prick of the Spindle, Volume 7.3
2013                            “My Mother’s Daughter” Prick of the Spindle, Volume 7.3
2013                            “Feast Day” The Molotov Cocktail, Volume 4, Issue 5
2012                            “Can’t Get No” The Legendary, Issue 38
2012                            “Swallow” The Molotov Cocktail, Volume 3, Issue 9
2012                            “In” Prime Numbers Magazine, Issue 23.3
2011                            “Laffy Taffy” The Lark and Other Short Stories, Phyllis Scott Publishing

Published Material - Nonfiction

2020                            "Ode to WhatsApp", Medium's The Startup
“The Monster by the River” The Matador Review
2016                            “As the Income Gap Grows, Fewer Women Can Afford to Retire”
2016                            “Clearing the Closet: What We Keep and What We Leave Behind”
2016                            “All Together Now, Penis!”
2016                            “What’s in a Name” SunStruck Magazine
2015                            “Cages: The Intersection of Race, Fear and Terrorism” Today and Yesterday
2015                            “A Letter from Kurdistan” Bella Caledonia
2011                            “Does This Burka Make My Butt Look Big?” Prime Education Consultancy
2011                            “Creativity in Education” Natural Born Storyteller