MJ Alexander / librettist

M.J. Alexander chronicles the people and places of the Great Plains and American West, with an emphasis on Oklahoma and Oklahomans.

Her work seeks the extraordinary in the everyday, using reportage, imagery, and poetry to give voice to the overlooked and underestimated. The International Photography Hall of Fame describes her as “combining the vision of an artist with the skills of a storyteller.”

A 2019 inductee into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame, she is a dual citizen of Canada and the United States and veteran of community newspapers and of The Associated Press in New York City.

Her work has been published by The New York Times and Time magazine, featured on national magazine covers, and exhibited and performed here and abroad. Her interviews and photography have been featured in more than two dozen solo shows, including at the Oklahoma State Capitol, Gaylord-Pickens Museum and the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.  She made her European debut in 2018 with the multimedia exhibit Oklahoma, at London’s Crypt Gallery. Her documentary exhibit Where the Buffalo Roam: Stained Glass from the American Frontier, is featured in the South Triforium of England’s Ely Cathedral from September 2019-February 2020.

An award-winning journalist, lyricist and playwright, she is author and illustrator of two fine-art books: Salt of the Red Earth: A Century of Wit and Wisdom from Oklahoma’s Elders, and Portrait of a Generation: Sons and Daughters of the Red Earth, winner of an Oklahoma Book Award.

Alexander is one of six Oklahoma artists featured in Shadow on the Glare, an inaugural exhibit for the March 2020 grand opening of Oklahoma Contemporary.

She and Edward Knight met as teenagers in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, and married there 13 years later. They are the parents of Alexander Knight, 26, and Allegra Knight, 22.