Alvin Lloyd Alexander Horn has lived and breathed the Northwest air and floated in all the nearby rivers streams leading the Pacific Ocean. As in the writings of Hemmingway, and poetry of Langston Hughes, and novels of Walter Mosley their writings are all the byproduct of their youthful environments and travels. Alvin’s African American experiences in his Emerald City background shines through in his poetry, short stories and novels.
Growing up in the "liberal on the surface" Seattle lifestyle, Alvin experienced seeing Black people with jobs, who could go most places, and had no stereotypical ghettos. He feels his writing was triggered by his mother sending him to the library when she placed him "on restriction, often for daydreaming in school.” He also credits the "little gray-haired white lady, the librarian," for introducing him to the likes of Richard Wright and Zora Neale Hurston. Upon reading the work of Nikki Giovanni, Alvin knew he wanted to be a writer of love stories and poetry.
“Some of my erotic writing imagination came from my dad leaving Playboy magazines in a not so secret place. My friends fixated the pictures, but me I just read the stories, most of the time.” Alvin also had a storied athletic career as an athlete and coach and as a musician; the knowledge and talent from those backgrounds shows in his writings.
Alvin played sports at the University of New Mexico in the mid70’s, and had short sports career after college. Before launching his writing career there was a fifteen-year stint in the aerospace industry. For the last fifteen-years he has worked in the field of education; teaching life-skills, poetry and creative writing, while working with at-risk kids. Alvin is a highly acclaimed spoken word artist which has allowed him to travel and promote his art of words. He has balanced his writing career alongside doing voice-overs for radio and TV, music, video, and movie productions, and acting. His writings have appeared in many periodicals ranging from fiction to erotica.
Alvin is all over Northwest reciting poetry and playing stand-up bass at different venues, but he does love Houston, Hot-lanta, Vegas, Vancouver B.C., and most parts of California, and New York. Most of all he loves being on the back deck of his house boat writing love poetry and stories.
Currently Alvin is working hard on the completion of his outstanding and much anticipated third novel "One Safe Place" which is available online and in stores now!