Alexander Cheves is an author, essayist, erotic artist, and sex educator. His debut book, My Love Is a Beast: Confessions from Unbound Edition Press, became a #1 bestseller on Amazon within weeks of publication and was the bestselling nonfiction title from Small Press Distribution for over 15 months. It won the 2022 Geoff Mains Book Award from NLA International. Due to its graphic depictions of fetish sex, it cannot be sold in U.K. bookstores because of censorship laws.
Cheves is a contributing editor at The Advocate where he launched the “Sexy Beast” column for Advocate.com in 2016. To date, the column has generated the site's best traffic on record. He currently writes columns for Out Magazine and Document Journal. His bylines include VICE, Them, Out Traveler, and more. In 2021, he received an Excellence in Journalism award from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association and was named to the Out 100, Out Magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential queer people. He is Editor-in-Chief of Hinterhaus, a magazine about Berlin nightlife launching in 2023.
Cheves has been a guest on many radio shows and podcasts, including Loveline and Dan Savage's Savage Lovecast, and he appeared on the 2021 Netflix special Sex: Unzipped. He has spoken on panels at SXSW, The International AIDS Conference, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and elsewhere. His work will appear in Unsafe Words: Queering Consent In the #MeToo Era from Rutgers University Press and a 2022 anthology from Unbound Edition Press. His second book from Unbound Edition Press is scheduled for release in 2024.
Originally from the American South, he now lives in Berlin.