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Open Up

a collection of essays

Lessons born in the nostalgia of a 1980s childhood find their wings decades later, in this true story of renewal, reinvention, and the revitalizing power of a changed perspective.

Open Up unfolds during the same day as the #1 bestselling Living Halfway, with all of the heart, vulnerability, and humanity of its literary fraternal twin, but none of the cynicism.

The Companion Album

Previous release


a collection of essays

One part social commentary, one part memoir, and all parts perfectly inappropriate for these challenging times.


I’m a writer.
Of books and songs.

Of my truth and maybe yours.
Of horses and waves.
Thanks for being here.

"Alex Woodard is one of the greatest writers I've ever discovered."

From the blog



She Tasted Like Cigarettes

She tasted like cigarettes. That’s how Forrest Gump described the young lady to Lieutenant Dan. She’d been trying to make out with Forrest on New Year’s Eve, and he’d pushed

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The Pendulum

Walking down the empty main thoroughfare, I couldn’t hear them at all… the loudest of voices, weakened by the inevitable falling apart of things. Feels like Covid my family told each

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Get Off The Boat

I’m watching college football, and just saw a Geico commercial. You know, the one with the gecko. He’s in a remote-control toy boat, being spun around by a little kid,

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stories with a soundtrack

What if…
Grammy®-winning singers and songwriters took your letters and turned them into songs?

Living Halfway
Companion Album

“Heartbreaking as it is hilarious, heartfelt as it is tough, and as much an indictment of the modern self-help ethos as it is a celebration of what the genre is actually aiming for. The journey Alex takes us on is deeply personal, completely original, and 100% worth the price at the door.”

— Sean Watkins,
Grammy-winning founder of Nickel Creek


Raw, Authentic Musings on Life
Cindy S
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Alex Woodard writes with an authenticity and vulnerability that captivates. This book makes the reader contemplate life and one's own beliefs. Will be checking out all of his other books immediately!
An Absolute Gem
Dan Rowe
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Living Halfway is an incredible piece of artwork. Thoughtful and thought-provoking, I didn't want to put it down and didn't want it to end. Woodard has a raw, honest style, and his creativity has delivered a book that is exquisitely unique and pensive, yet wonderfully comforting and optimistic. Highly recommended.
My favorite read of 2021
Kindle Customer
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I read this book today, after rereading one of the author's previous books. I brushed lives with him years ago, in a beautiful equine therapy program in Idaho. This book is so much more than I imagined. Its almost like I could hear him reading it to me. Thank you for sharing your hard earned experience and knowledge of life. It's full of humor, heartache, and a good pinch of snark. Always a fan, Boise State hoodie.
Beautifully written and so relatable.
Katherine W Twells
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I read this upon a reco from a friend and so delighted I did. Alex Woodard is a beautiful writer. The story mixes humor with raw vulnerability and done in a way I think we can all relate. You will see aspects of yourself in the unfolding journey. It’s a story about life in all it’s pain and beauty and written with great artistry. Helpful