Alexa Dilworth

Alexa Dilworth is the publishing director and senior editor at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, where she also runs the Awards Program, which includes the CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography, the CDS Documentary Essay Prize for Writing and Photography, and the Lange-Taylor Prize.
In 1995, Dilworth was hired by CDS to work for DoubleTake magazine, where she held the position of proofreader, managing editor, and then executive director. She was also hired as editor of the CDS books program at that time and has coordinated the editorial, design, and production work for every CDS book since 1996 — most recently (since 2010), One Place: Paul Kwilecki and Four decades of Photographs from Decatur County, Georgia, In The Timeless Time: Living and Dying on Death Row in America, Literacy & Justice Through Photography, Iraq / Perspectives: Photographs by Benjamin Lowry, American Studies: Photographs by Jim Dow, Visual Storytelling: The Digital Video Documentary, and Reality Radio: Telling True Stories in Sounds, which she co-edited.
CDS Books at the Center for Documentary Studies are works of creative exploration by writers and photographers who convey new ways of seeing and understanding human experience in all its diversity — books that tell stories, challenge our assumptions, awaken our social conscience, and connect life, learning, and art.
Alexa Dilworth has a B.A. and M.A., both in English, from the University of Florida and an M.F.A. in creative writing (poetry) from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. She was born in Japan; raised in Springfield, Virginia and Jacksonville, Florida; and has now lived in Durham, North Carolina for twenty-two years.
Dilworth is new to SlowExposures this year and a portfolio reviewer. She is interested in seeing new and innovative approaches to documentary projects.
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