Alicia Anstead, MA

Associate Director for Programming, Office for the Arts, Harvard University

Alicia Anstead is editor-in-chief of The Writer, one of the nation's longest running magazines about the craft of writing. She has been an arts and culture reporter, editor, producer, and educator for 20 years. Her work has taken her to Europe, Africa, South America, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. She has also written about politics, health, literature, education, food, the environment and, in 2003, she reported from Iraq. She is also the editor-in-chief of Inside Arts magazine published by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters in Washington, DC, and is co-founder and contributing editor for the Harvard Arts Beat blog. As cultural commentator for WGBH radio, she contributes to Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and The Callie Crossley Show. In addition to teaching writing, Anstead has been an advisor to boards of directors, a consultant to arts and nonprofit organizations, a fellowship adjudicator, a lecturer, a film collaborator, and a producer for live events. She was the inaugural Arts and Culture Fellow (2008) at Harvard's Nieman Foundation for Journalism. Anstead is a National Arts Journalism Fellow with the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University and with the National Endowment for the Arts Cultural Editor Program at Duke University. She is co-founder of Shake Stonington, an arts and media project at the Stonington Opera House in Maine, where she is critic-in-residence for the annual production of a Shakespeare play.


  • MA University of Maine