Cape Cod Writers Center

Alyssa D. Metcalfe

Author Alyssa Metcalfe.

I have been making up stories and playing them as movies in my head for as long as I can remember—epic tales, with huge casts, rich in dialogue. I always assumed this pastime was abnormal, so I kept it secret. The penny slow to drop, it never dawned on me until recently that I might just be creative and should try putting these ideas on paper. It felt less an AHA moment than a DUH moment. Nevertheless, I have been writing every single day since.

I was born in the Inwood section of New York City in the early 1960s. My older sister and I were raised by our father, a British jazz pianist, and an American mother who worked as a secretary but never missed an opportunity to march against injustice. By the early 1970s, my family qualified for affordable artist housing in the West Village, where a lot of the adults shared the hands-off style of parenting that was so popular during that time. There was little supervision and less discipline. As a result, my new friends and I used the city as our playground, theater, and teacher. By the time we were in our mid-teens, we drank in bars and hung out with drug addicts, dealers, and criminals. It is through those experiences than most of my ideas are inspired. In July of 2017, my short story, Epiphany on the E Train, was awarded first place by Gemini Magazine.