ALEXIS MARIE CHUTE is the author of the multi award-winning memoir Expecting Sunshine: A Journey of Grief, Healing and Pregnancy After Loss (She Writes Press, 2017). Above the Star is the first in her epic fantasy series, called The 8th Island Trilogy (slated for release 2018, 2019 and 2010). 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.

CV Highlights


  • Masters of Fine Art, Creative Writing, Lesley University, Cambridge MA, USA
  • Media Design School, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Bachelor of Fine Art, Visual Art, University of Alberta, Edmonton AB, CAN


Gallery Representation:

  • AR&S Gallery, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton AB, CAN, Present
  • Method Art Gallery, Scottsdale AZ, USA, Past


  • Forthcoming: Above the Star – Book 1 of the 8th Island Trilogy – (SparkPress)
  • Expecting Sunshine: A Journey of Grief Healing and Pregnancy After Loss (She Writes Press)
  • Three Minus One: Parent’s Stories of Love and Loss, Anthology (She Writes Press)

Residencies: 2012/2013 – Artist in Residence, Harcourt House Gallery & Artist Run Centre

Curating: 2014 – Present – InFocus Photography Exhibition and Awards

Filmmaking: (Writer, Director, Producer, Filmmaker)

  • “Expecting Sunshine: The Truth About Pregnancy After Loss” Documentary
  • “Brave New Normal: Five Mothers Break the Silence on Baby Loss” Documentary


Select Solo Exhibitions:

Harcourt House Artist Run Centre, The Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, EPCOR Centre, Kiwanis Gallery, Art Central Gallery, The Gallery at Milner, FAB Showcase, Hulbert’s Café

Select Group Exhibitions:

Multicultural Heritage Centre, Bleeding Heart Space, Luxe Design Studio, Yeiser Art Center, Art Gallery of Alberta, Harcourt House Artist Run Centre, Kit and Ace, AR&S Gallery, Method Art Gallery, Artpoint Gallery, The Paint Spot, PhotoHaus Gallery, Art Gallery of St. Albert, Kaasa Gallery, Jubilee Auditorium, The Works Art & Design Festival, Citadel Theatre, FAB Gallery, University of Alberta, The Fringe Gallery, Harvest Moon Festival


Select Awards:

Book & Lit Awards:

  • Winner, IndieReader Discovery Awards, Women’s Issues Category, Expecting Sunshine memoir
  • First Place, Royal Dragonfly Book Awards, Women’s Interest Category, Expecting Sunshine memoir
  • Winner, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Best Book Cover Non-Fiction, Expecting Sunshine memoir
  • 2-time Finalist, Best Book Awards, “Best New Non-Fiction” and “Women’s Interests” categories, Expecting Sunshine memoir
  • Finalist, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Parenting/Family Category, Expecting Sunshine memoir
  • Canada Book Award Winner, Expecting Sunshine memoir
  • Kirkus Reviews’ BEST BOOKS OF 2017, Best Indie Books of 2017, Expecting Sunshine memoir
  • Poetry Finalist, The Malahat Review, Open Season Awards
  • Finalist writer, Prism International Non-Fiction Writing Competition
  • Co-Winner, Canadian Authors Association poetry reading

Film Awards:

  • Semi-Finalist, Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards, Expecting Sunshine film
  • Finalist, US Hollywood International Golden Film Award, Expecting Sunshine film
  • Finalist, International Women’s Film Festival, Expecting Sunshine film

Art & Photography Awards:

  • Winner, John Poole Promotion of the Arts Award, Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts, Edmonton
  • Winner, “The Ultimate Composition,” plus 1 honorable mention, Method Art Gallery
  • Finalist, Northlands Award for Emerging Artist, Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts
  • Top 10 Finalist, VISTEK Emerging Photographer Competition, Exposure Photography Festival
  • Named a 2012 Emerging Canadian Photographer, PhotoLife Magazine
  • Winner, Showtime, PhotoLife Magazine
  • Silver Award for Photography, Kodak Gold Awards 2008, New Zealand
  • Silver & Bronze Awards, Iris Awards, New Zealand Institute of Professional Photographers
  • Accolades of Excellence, Wedding & Portrait Photographers International
  • Honorable Mention, Open Photo Competition 2010, Kassa Gallery, Visual Arts Alberta

Advocacy Awards:

  • Top 40 Under 40, Avenue Magazine
  • Winner, 38th Annual National Magazine Awards, Best Editorial Package on the Web, Today’s Parent Magazine, Miscarriage and Pregnancy Loss awareness campaign, CAN
  • Finalist, 38th Annual National Magazine Awards, Best Online Video, CAN
  • Finalist, Turning Point Award, YWCA Women of Distinction Awards, Edmonton
  • Finalist, Yeggie Award, Best in Family and Parenting, new media/blogging, Edmonton
  • Named a Sizzling 20 Under 30, Edmontonians Magazine