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Ali Pinkney is a literary writer, editor, educator, and curator. She is based in Tkaron:to where she conducted her MA CRW (2023) with the Department of English in the Field of Creative Writing at the University of Toronto. Her thesis in experimental structuralist poetics was supported by a SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship and an Avie Bennett Award.

She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Creative Writing (2017) and a Master of Arts in English Literature (2021) from Concordia University in Tiohtià:ke/Montréal.  At Concordia, Ali specialised her studies on the poetry and poetics of Percy Bysshe Shelley and 19th century philosophies. Her research on Shelley was supported by a fellowship with the Faculty of Arts & Sciences, her year's Steinberg Scholarship for top creative writing, and her year's David McKeen Award for top creative writing. 

Ali co-founded the high-femme travelling poetry carnival
Calliope with arts curator, performance artist and poet Marie Ségolène in 2022. Ali was the managing editor for volume 21 of U of T's graduate literary journal Echolocation Magazine.
She was also the curator of "The Spirit is a Bone" one of the inaugural issues for Metatron Press's 2023 web platform Glyphöria. In May 2024, she developed an original poetics workshop for the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Greater Toronto Area triennial which related her theories of constellatory poetics as city cartography. 

Ali's literary training has been amplified by her participation in Filip Marinovich's Shakespearean Motley College based out of New York (2020-current), her participation in the Centre for Expanded Poetics while she was at Concordia, and through residencies with The Homeschool Hudson (2019) and The Banff Centre (2018).

Ali has instructed at the University of Toronto at St George, UTM, UTSC, St Michael's College, and Innis College in a wide variety of subjects related to the literary arts, creative writing, and media studies. She was previously a teaching assistant at Concordia University, the assistant to the director of the university's
literary reading series, and a research assistant at both Concordia and McGill Universities. 
Throughout her time based in Montréal, Ali was known to perform her literary works in public with high frequency.


★-------------------------------------------------------------------Recent features
GIRLS MAG April 2024 Issue 20: The Last Text Q&A 

Art Review on Caroline Monnet at Arsenal Gallery for OBOD Magazine
Interview with Juliann Garisto for Endnote
Live reading of "Bonin" from Roadkill Croque Monsieur via Cason Sharpe's series Happenstance via Pumice Raft 

Interview with Brad Casey for Metatron Press
Interview with Sophie McCreesh for Nothing in Particular


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July 11th 2024
It is with extreme and utter sadness I received the news of Shelley Duvall's passage today. I do not keep online presences beyond this webpage... and my utter fandom for a public figure is somewhat rare... and so, here, I want to add an element to the ether in honour of my childhood heroine. I love you SD. Thank you for your life's work--it carries me now, it has always, always carried me.


poster by Sonja Katanic

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