Alexa Dilworth

Publishing and Awards Director; Senior Editor, CDS Books


1317 W. Pettigrew St. L201


(919) 660-3662


Alexa Dilworth is publishing director and senior editor at the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University, where she also directs the awards program, which includes the CDS Documentary Essay Prize in Writing and Photography and the Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize, and the DocX lab. In 1995 she was hired by CDS to work on the editorial staff for DoubleTake magazine. She was also hired as editor of the CDS books program at that time and has coordinated the publishing efforts for every CDS book, including the recent books Where We Find Ourselves: The Photographs of Hugh Mangum, 1897–1922, edited by Margaret Sartor and Alex Harris; Test of Faith: Signs, Serpents, Salvation: Photographs by Lauren PondReality Radio: Telling True Stories in Sound, Second Edition, edited by John Biewen and Alexa Dilworth; Lovie: The Story of a Southern Midwife and an Unlikely Friendship by Lisa Yarger; and Aunties: The Seven Summers of Alevtina and LudmilaPhotographs by Nadia Sablin. Dilworth has a BA and an MA, both in English, from the University of Florida, and an MFA in creative writing (poetry) from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa.

Alexa Dilworth