It causes us immense sadness to report that our talented former intern Alice Alsup passed away on Monday. Alsup, 23, was a rising senior at the University of Houston majoring in media production with a minor in creative writing. She worked for Houstonia from March through May of this year, helping fact-check the magazine and contributing original stories to Houstonia’s website. Alice wrote 13 stories over the course of two months for our Gastronaut, On the Town, and Shop Talk blogs.
She continued contributing to the website even after the end of her internship—she wrote her last piece for us on June 3, an entertaining first-person account of attending a personal consultation at Settlement Goods. Patrons were invited to bring a favorite fashion piece for styling advice. With cheerful insouciance, Alsup brought her fanny pack:
“In my defense, it’s a very classy fanny pack—all leather, slim pockets, not particularly ‘poochy,’” Alice wrote. “It’s also a vintage piece given to me by my iconically stylish grandmother shortly before her passing last year. For me, this item is a statement of function as much as fashion, since I use biking as a means of transportation. It’s hard to do that with a handbag.”
The story showcases Alice’s quirky sense of humor, emotional openness, and spirit of freewheeling independence—qualities everyone at Houstonia came to associate with Alice over her time here. She wrote about MenilFest, the Space City youth poetry slam series, soul night at Shoeshine Charley’s Big Top Lounge, Jesús Rafael Soto’s installation at the MFAH, and a series of revealing interviews with local bartenders. Her story about the “jarringly beautiful” Texas Prison Museum in Huntsville was one of the most-viewed stories on our website the week it was published.
In addition to her journalism, Alice was a poet who performed frequently at open mic nights around Houston (see video below) and an arts maven who seemed to know everything going on in the city. She always arrived at work bursting with story ideas. In her application letter to Houstonia, Alice wrote that “mine is the perspective and the experiences of an artistic type, a local student, and a lifelong resident of this amazing city.” She will be missed.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 13 at 11 a.m. at St. John the Divine at 2540 River Oaks Blvd.