Alexandra Viets is a writer/screenwriter, journalist and teacher whose work focuses on women and dislocation.


Her screenplays and epic tales about the plight of women in historic wars and migration offer a vivid and harrowing picture of dislocation and its impact on daily life.


On the set of Cotton Mary with Ismail Merchant in Kerala, India



Ask Me No Questions, the story of Bangladeshi immigrants living in NYC on expired visas after the 9/11 attacks was awarded Best Screenplay for 2018 at the Auckland International Film Festival and was an official selection at the Firenze Film Festival, 2018.

Find out about Cotton Mary, Alexandra’s feature-length film, and other compelling scripts, essays and personal stories.

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The recipient of numerous teaching grants, Alexandra currently teaches in the MA in Writing Program at Johns Hopkins University. She has taught in the MFA program at Towson University and at American University. Awarded a fellowship by the National Endowment for the Humanities, she has taught creative writing workshops in India and the Middle East, focusing on personal biography.