Rose McAleese is a poet and a filmmaker who was born on Halloween night in Seattle, where she was delivered by a doctor in a giant spider costume, which, so far, has pretty much set the tone for the rest of her life.
She began writing poetry before she actually knew how to write, filling dozens of notebooks with her indecipherable scrawl. Her penmanship and spelling eventually improved and she was named Individual Youth Slam Poet in 2007 and 2008, and was a member of the Seattle Youth Slam Poetry Team that competed at Brave New Voices National Poetry Slams in 2007, 2008, and 2009. She also competed on the University of Washington poetry team at the 2010 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational, where she was nominated Best Female Poet. She was a member of the 2011 Seattle Adult Poetry Slam team and was named “Rookie of the Year,” an honor she found both flattering and funny. In 2012 she represented Seattle at the Women of the World Poetry Slam.
McAleese works as a freelance writer in Los Angeles and currently one of five in the Emerging Writers Fellowship for Universal Pictures. In her spare time, she occupies herself by considering her next move and working on her tan. Neither project seems to be working out as planned.