ALEXIS MARIE CHUTE is the author of the award-winning memoir Expecting Sunshine: A Journey of Grief, Healing and Pregnancy After Loss (She Writes Press, 2017). Expecting Sunshine won two Next Generation Indie Book Awards, a Canada Book Award, and the IndieReader Discovery Award. Alexis Marie is also a distinguished artist, photographer, and filmmaker. Her next book, Above the Star, the first in a fantasy series called The 8th Island Trilogy, will be released May 15, 2018 by SparkPress.
Alexis Marie received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Art and Design from the University of Alberta, Canada, and studied at Media Design school in Auckland, New Zealand. She graduated valedictorian with her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, USA.
Alexis Marie has received over 35 noteworthy distinctions for her visual and literary work, such as The John Poole Award for promotion of the Arts, named an “Emerging Canadian Photographer” by Photo Life Magazine, and an Avenue Magazine “Top 40 Under 40.” She was featured in print and video as mother-expert in the pregnancy loss awareness campaign by Today’s Parent Magazine, which won first place at the 38th Annual National Magazine Awards for Best Editorial Package on the Web.
Alexis Marie was the 2012/2013 Artist in Residence at Harcourt House Artist Run Centre, where she began her groundbreaking fine art photo series, “The Quiet Rebuild,” featuring volunteers from around the world. Her photography on the topic of resiliency has been exhibited internationally and her bright-bold abstract paintings are represented at the AR&S Gallery at the Art Gallery of Alberta. Chute also curates the annual InFocus Photo Exhibit during Exposure Photography Festival.
Alexis Marie’s debut memoir, Expecting Sunshine, is accompanied by the feature documentary she directed-produced, scheduled for release late 2017. Her writing has been published in TIME, Scary Mommy, Womanista, Today’s Parent, PhotoEd Magazine, WestWord Magazine, Vie, Edmonton Woman Magazine, Flurt Magazine, Mind Body Green, The Good Men Project, Still Standing Magazine, The Huffington Post, and Smart Healthy Woman. Chute is a highly-regarded public speaker. She has presented on art, photography, writing, blogging, bereavement, and the healing capacities of creativity around the world.
When not in her art and photography studio or writing at her computer, Chute loves to spend quality time with her family, read both fiction and memoirs, watch reality TV, paddleboard, and canoe. She is not a winter person but lives in the frosty city of Edmonton with her husband and their three living children.