alyssa oursler

Alyssa is a writer.

Alyssa was a watchdog reporter for the Pulitzer Prize-winning Bristol Herald Courier, where she won awards from the Virginia and Tennessee Press AssociationsAs a freelancer in San Francisco, she wrote for USA Today, Popular Science, SF Weekly, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Motherboard, and more.

Notable interviews include former Sec. of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, New York Times bestseller D. Watkins, and Cave Canem fellow Arisa White. 

Alyssa's prose has appeared in Hobart, The East Bay Review,  SF Examiner, and 805 Lit, among others. She was chosen as a spring 2016 resident of the Lemon Tree House in Tuscany and was a finalist for the 2017 Bitch Media Fellowship and the 2018 Paper Nautilus Debut Series Chapbook Contest. She has also been chosen for several reading series, including Why There Are Words, The Basement Series, Inner Loop Lit, and LitCrawl. 

Alyssa is available for copywriting work and research on a contract basis. She has written eBooks, whitepapers, messaging, blog posts, social media posts, and press releases for a variety of clients, mostly in tech and finance. Her ghostwriting has appeared on VentureBeat, Forbes, Fast Company, and others. Get in touch for rates and samples. 



fool's paradise (hobart)

spring / break (rabid oak)

boredom is a luxury (fearsome critters)

quotidian (hobart)

this wasn't supposed to be a space opera (forthcoming in the wire's dream)

mixed emojis (805 lit)

trump as president; woman as object (sf examiner)

the worst kind of validation (sf weekly)


on writing

What my compulsion to write actually means (luna luna magazine)

A new writer makes a New Year's resolution (sf examiner)