Prairie Village man’s poem places in international writing competition

Alexej Savreux
Alexej Savreux

A 27-year-old Prairie Village man’s poetry recently earned him recognition in a prestigious international writing competition.

The man, who writes under the name Alexej Savreux, took 10th place in the 2016 Writer’s Digest poetry competition, being selected from more than 1,700 entries in the non-rhyming category. Savreux, who is a consumer at the Johnson County Mental Health Center, writes frequently about mental health recovery as well as his interest in jazz music. The poem that won the Writer’s Digest award, titled “Sphere for Blue Coffee,” was inspired by the Kansas City jazz scene.

In addition to his poetry, Savreux dabbles in other literary formats. A student at Johnson County Community College, he wrote a radio play for the school called “UnHinGeD” that was “designed to stimulate dialogue on schizophrenia awareness.”

Savreaux is working toward an undergraduate degree, and has academic interests in communications, graphics, math and sociology.