Alex Sayre Myers

Instructor in English
Appointed
2015
Alex Sayre Myers

"We were revisionists; what we revised was ourselves." From The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood.

Education

B.A.
Harvard University

M.A.
Brown University

M.F.A.
Vermont College of Fine Arts

Biography

Mr. Myers firmly believes in the power of revision. An Exeter graduate (class of 1996), he first studied Near Eastern languages and civilizations as an undergraduate. After this, he adjusted course slightly and earned a master's degree in religious studies. At this juncture, Mr. Myers' first major revision took place, and he started teaching English in private high schools. Since then, he has earned an MFA in fiction writing as well as a master's in English. He has published a number of short stories and essays, and in 2014 Simon & Schuster published his debut novel, Revolutionary. Thinking back to his years as a student at Exeter, he never had the inkling that he would become an author, but it was at the Academy that he learned the importance of revision — both of prose and of person.

Mr. Myers teaches English, coaches JV girls ice hockey, serves as an adviser to the school newspaper, The Exonian, and to the Gay/Straight Alliance, and lives in Webster Hall with his wife and two cats. He also plays tuba in the concert band. And, though revision is necessary in many areas, it is possible to get some things right the first time. That's why he's delighted to be back at the Academy.