Curriculum Vitæ

Ali Pinkney

Languages:  English / French / Finnish



Concordia University Montreal, Quebec, Canada

2021 MA English Literature

2017 BA Honours English & Creative Writing (with distinction) 


Awards, Scholarships, Funded Residencies


Concordia University Graduate School of Arts and Science


2020 David McKeen Award for Top Creative Writing in the Graduate Department

2019 Ruth and David Steinberg Creative Writing Entrance Scholarship

2019 Concordia University Faculty of Arts & Science Fellowship

2019 Poet in Residence The Home School Hudson, Hudson, New York, USA

2019 Research and Creation Grant Conseil des arts et des Lettres du Québec

2018 Poet in Residence at The Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta, Canada


Academic Employment


Concordia University Department of English


2020-2021 Teaching Assistant Engl 340 Modernism (Dr. Ross) Guest lecture, grades, discussions

2020 Teaching Assistant Engl 354 Narrative Theory (Dr. Quarrie) Guest lecture, grades, discussions

2020 Research Assistant (Dr. Hsu) Proofread "The Smell of Risk," New York University Press 2021

2020 Teaching Assistant Engl 224 The Creative Process (Prof. Bligh) Portfolio feedback & grades

2019-2020 Directorial Assistant of Writers Read (Director Queyras) Event curation

2019 Teaching Assistant, Weekly Conference Leader Engl 262 British Literature 1660-1900 (Dr. Sachs) 

McGill University Department of Religion


2016 Research Assistant (Dr. A. Sharma) Copyedited, planned global event at Palais du Congrès

2015 Research Assistant (Dr. A. Marion) Copyedited, proofread article for SUNY Press


Editorial Experience



Bad Nudes Magazine Guest Poetry Editor Issue 2.3




Soliloquies Anthology Senior Poetry Editor Issue 21.1; Issue 21.2

Soliloquies Anthology Artistic Director Issue 21.2


Freelance Copyeditor at Pickering Communications

Copy-Editor, Media writer for 3rd Global Conference of Worlds' Religions 2016 ft. Charles Taylor, Deepak Chopra, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. (As final copy-editor, introduced gender non-binary language to "The Declaration.")


Soliloquies Anthology Senior Poetry Editor Issue 17.1;  Issue 17.2


Publication History


Book-length Literary Publications

2021 “Roadkill Croque Monsieur” Bad Books Press, Montreal. [Fiction novella]

2014 “Tampion” Metatron Press, Montreal.  [Experimental poetry]



Two Poems. John Giorno's Dial-A-Poem Project Re-mount, ArcMtl/Expozine. MORE TBA.

Print-Only Publications

“Stain;” “The Messenger and his Pigeon Gun.” Three poems. Guest no. 15: House House Press via

above/ground press, Ottawa, December 2020, Print.

"Roadkill Croque Monsieur Part One: Bonin." Bad Nudes Anthology, Bad Books Press, 2019. Print.

“Minstrel Maid;” “Oil Grotto.” Poetry. 100 Poems Issue, Matrix Magazine, 2015, Print.

“Poetic Foreword” for Proprioception by Marie Jane Segolene C. Brault Photography Book,

Book Label Press, 2015, Montreal, Print.

“Spindle.” Poetry. Portraits Issue, The Void Magazine, 2014, pp. 26, Print.

 “60%;” “Slippery.” Poetry. Volume 1, 2, Weijia Quarterly, Montreal, 2012-13. Print.

“Jean Jacket Boy;” “Oil Grotto.” Poetry. The Collected Works of Tracey Dion Cooper, Concordia

University Press, 2012, Print.

 “In Very Mountainous Country;” “Equal Opportunities;” “Coloc.’” Headlight Anthology

15, Concordia University Press, 2012, Print.

“Sargasso Sea.” Poetry. How Could This Happen vol. 10, issue 1, The Void Magazine, 2011, pp.

28-29, 2012, Print.

 “Bastard Grandfather.” Fiction. no. 55, Synapse, 2011. Printed broadside.

Web-Only Publications

Roadkill Croque Monsieur Part Two: Thorp Excerpt.” Fiction. Issue 5.1, Bad Nudes Magazine,

February 2020, Web.

Fifth Snifter and the Amberoid Ashtray.” Poetry Suite (4 poems) Issue 1.1, Bad Nudes Magazine,

October 2016, Web.

The Incubus and the Meter Maid.” Experimental Non-Fiction. The Town Crier, The Puritan,

January 18, 2016, Web.

Peal, Chime, Toll.” Poem. Everyday Genius, 2015, Web. http://www.everyday

“False Preciousness & Simple Continual Belonging.” Non-Fiction. Metatron Press Website, May

2014, Web.

Tampion Excerpt: Ouija Board Conversation” Omega Blog, Metatron Press, May 2014, Web.

Print & Web

Poetic Statement. Theory. Issue 2.3, Bad Nudes Magazine, July 2017, Print.


Three Poems. vol 32, issue 24: The Many Shades of Strike. Special Insert: The Annual Women’s

Issue: Featured Poet. 3 Poems by Ali Pinkney, The Link Newspaper, March 2012, Print.


Hot n Heavy;” “In Very Mountainous Country.” Poetry. 16.1, Soliloquies Anthology, 2012,

Print. Web.




Literary Collaborations with Artists


2021    “Ishtar” Poetic ASMR Script with soundscape by Leucrocuta (Toronto) [In production]
2016    “Waste/Wait” Poetry and Voice-over for Video Artist Roijin Shafiei   
2014    Monster and Explorer: Short film by Leigh Gilliam, screened at Emily Carr Film Festival 2014.
2012   "The Writings on the Fridge" Fridge Poetry for by Katie Sehl, Independent Curator, 2012,

performer-who, Web.

2009     "Artemis and Actaeon "  Script for Ptarmigan Music Video for song “A Magician of

Sorts” (2016); Co-wrote, co-produced and co-directed w/ Rosamunde Bordo, Samuel

Whillans, 2019, Peterborough, ON,,


Public Readings 


Highlights (Full with links below)

2020    Metatron Press Memorial Marathon of Revolutionary Letters by Diane di Prima (Virtual)

2019    Poet in Residence Time & Space Limited (Hudson, New York)

2018    Banff Centre Poet in Residence Reading and Performance with original band

   “Evacuating the Homunculus” ft. Canadian recording artist Doldrums & Los Angeles’s

   Sam C Davis. Bentley Chamber (Banff, Alberta)

2017    Milk Lab: Moon Milk Poetry Showcase Dilly Dally (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

2016    Guest at Coach House Books Launch Laura Broadbent “In on the Great Joke” (Montreal)

   Performer at Wavelength Music Festival Literary Stage (Toronto Islands, Ontario)
   Reader at Metatron x Wonder Press [NYC] (Librairie Drawn and Quarterly, Montréal)

2015    Featured Writer at Art Matters Festival Opening Ceremonies in Montréal

2014    “My Paris” Gail Scott Marathon Université de Montréal x Concordia University

            Metatron Press Establishment Readings: 6 Original Authors in Montreal (Various)

2012    English Literature Graduate Student Colloquium, Undergraduate Feature

2011    Synapse no. 55 Concordia University Montreal, Undergraduate Feature (with Lise Gaston

   as MA feature; Michael Nardone as PhD feature; Alan Reed as established author).


Hyperlinked Full List of Public Readings

Reader. Metatron Press Virtual Memorial Marathon for Diane di Prima, Zoom. 11 November 2020.
Reader. JM Francheteau's One-Off Reading Series. "Jinréad." at Brasserie Beaubien 19 September 2019.

Poet in Residence. The Home School Hudson Student Readings. Time & Space Ltd., Hudson New York August 2019.
Featured Poet. "Dead System Man," and "Horse Song." Evacuating the Homunculus Lyric Ballad Band. ft. Airick Woodhead, (fka Doldrums) synthesizer, and Sam C. Davis (Los Angeles), guitar.  Bentley Chamber. Banff, Alberta. 12 December 2018.

Poet in Residence. Red Suite (Fifth Snifter, Syrah, Stain). Banff Centre Late Fall Writers Retreat Reading Night with Alex Leslie. Bentley Chamber. Banff, Alberta. 6 December 2018.
Special Guest. "Angel in the Outfield." Poetry. Bad Nudes Magazine 3.3 Issue Launch. 6 August 2018.

Performer. “Assiniboine, Nosedive, Fog.” 40 minute Poetic solo w/ improvised accompaniment; trumpet and stand-up bass. Cross-Pollination: October 13, 2017. Pollination Lab. 10 des Pins, Montreal QC.

Special Guest. “The Slerm.” Metamoon Reading. Gamma-Godberd (August 2017) Montreal

Special Guest. “Road Kill Croque Monsieur.” Milk Lab: Moon Milk Poetry Show Case (Summer 2017) Dilly Dally, Halifax N.S.

Reader. “The Slerm; Tampion” The Bloody Chamber Reading Series; The Maggie Monologues Launch (November 2016) Bebenek House, Montreal, QC

Special Guest. “Road Kill Croque Monsieur.” Metatron Launch (November 2016) La Sala Rosa, Montreal, QC See Photos

Special Guest. “Fifth Snifter.” Coach House Book Launch: Laura Broadbent’s In on the Great Joke , Coach House Press (October 2016) Librarie Drawn & Quarterly, Montreal, QC.

Contributor. “Fifth Snifter.” Bad Nudes Magazine Launch (October 2016) Montreal, QC

Featured Writer. “Road Kill Croque Monsieur.” Wavelength Music Festival Literary Stage, Toronto Island (August 2016) Toronto, ON

Special Guest. “Non Parent: Experimental Accordion Poem.” Wonder Press (NYC) x Metatron (MTL) Drawn and Quarterly. April 2016. Montreal, QC
Featured Writer. Art Matters Festival opening party: Dreamscapes. Mtl, 2015.

Special Guest. “Wooden Box from Costa Rica.” Weijia Quarterly Launch of Issue 3 (2014)  Montreal, QC

Contributor. Weijia Quarterly Launch of Issue 1 (2012) Montreal, QC

Regular October Edition Reader Matrix Lit Pop (2013-2015), Various. Montreal, QC.

Selected honoree. My Paris Marathon in Recognition of Gail Scott (October, 2014) Concordia University Department of English & Université de Montreal Etudes Anglaises & Lemon Hound

Regular Feature. Metatron Events, including Launch of Press (Various 2013-2014)

Reader. Resonance Reading Series (2014) Montreal, QC

Emcee. Public Poetics in Collaboration w/ Off the Page, EmCee (2013) VA Gallery, Montreal QC

Regular Feature. This is Happening Whether You Like it or Not (Various 2012)

Undergraduate feature. International English Literature Graduate Colloquiam Closing Ceremonies (Feb 2012) Concordia University, Montreal QC.

Contributor, Special Guest. The Void Magazine Launches & Events (Various, 2011-2012) Montreal, QC

Contributor, Special Guest. Soliloquies Anthology Launches & Events (Various, 2012-2016) Montreal, QC

Contributor, Special Guest. Headlight Anthology Launches & Events (Various, 2012-2013) Montreal, QC

Special Guest. Scrivener Review with McGill Literary Society (2012) Montreal, QC

Contributor. "Sargasso Sea." The Room 22: In a Garden. (2011) Montreal, QC

Undergraduate feature. Synapse no. 55 (2011) Montreal, QC

Contributor. Love and Lashings Chapbook launch (2011) Montreal, QC






Literary Event Curation


Writers Read 2019: Concordia University’s Visiting Writer Reading Series  Accommodation and event room bookings, publicity, administration and billing, orchestration, host/emcee, archival work


December 5     Writing Lives: Creative, Critical, and Bodily Activisms, Rituals of Mourning at 4th Space

Concordia featuring Sue Goyette, Sue Sinclair, and Larissa Lai

December 5     A Masterclass with Sue Goyette

November 6    Margaret Christakos in Conversation with Sina Queyras

October 25      Writers Read & Concordia Graduate Student Association: Kathryn Mockler & Erin

Robinsong: A Reading &Workshop on Poetry & Climate Change Activism

October 24      Writers Read & Ecotones 6 & CISSC: David Chariandy & Shazia Hafiz Ramji

Post/Colonial Ports: Place and Nonplace in the Ecotone at 4th Space Concordia

October 18      Writers Read: A Masterclass with Doireann Ní Ghríofa

October 17      Writers Read & The School of Canadian Irish Studies & Aboriginal Territories in

Cyberspace: An Evening of Irish and Choctaw Poetry with Doireann Ní Ghríofa and LeAnne Howe


October 2016  Introduction at Writers Read Presents Jeramy Dodds & Don McKay



Off the Page Festival Concordia 2013; 2016 Student-run literary festivals

2016    Off the Page ft. Anne Boyer, Damian Rogers, Trish Salah, Johanna Skibsrud, Suzanne Buffam

Sarah Burgoyne, Jowita Bydlowska, Fawn Parker, Madelyne Beckles, Anna Leventhal, Lisa Robertson (Co-curator).

2016  Debbie an Epic: A Marathon Reading of Lisa Robertson in conjunction w/ Writers Read

(Co-Curator with Mick Hennessey, host).

2013    The Single Line: Telephone Voicemail Reading Series ft. original Christian Bök spoke poem,

“Emergency” (Co-curator, co-creator with Michael Chaulk).

2013    Off the Page with Public Poetics VAV Gallery (Emcee).



Volunteerism & Mentorship


2020    Poetry tutor/mentor One on one meetings dedicated to developing student’s original work

2015    Project10 Queer Youth Centre Poetry Workshop Series Co-Creator with Marie Jane

            Segolene in The Village, Montréal



Featured in McGill University Anthropology of Poetry Documentary (2017)

Soliloquies Anthology Interview & Poem Reading (2012)


Specialized Training

Literary Writing Workshops & Masterclasses

The Homeschool Hudson in Hudson, New York July-August 2019

(Soma)tic Poetry Ritual creation with C.A. Conrad (Columbia University)

Poetry & Theory masterclass with Fred Moten (New York University)

Poetry workshop with Dawn Lundy Martin (University of Pittsburgh)

Poetry workshop with Anne Boyer (Kansas City Art Institute)

Poetry, Theory, & Music workshop with Jackie Wang (Harvard University)

Poetry & Theory workshop with Ariana Reines (Columbia University; The New School)


Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Banff, Alberta December 2018

Time in narrative workshop with Zsuzsi Gartner (University of British Columbia)
Space in narrative workshop with Alex Leslie (University of British Columbia)


Concordia University Department of Creative Writing in Montréal, Québec

Masters Level Poetry with Stephanie Bolster 2019-20
Independent Study: Experimental Science Fiction Novel with Sina Queyras 2017
Creative Non-Fiction with Terrence Byrnes 2017

Curating and Archiving the Literary Event with Sina Queyras 2016

Experimental Poetry with Sina Queyras 2016

Advanced Fiction with Trevor Ferguson 2014-15

Creative Non-Fiction with Mikhail Iossel 2013
Introduction to Fiction with Sina Queyras 2011-12
Advanced Poetry with Jon Paul Fiorentino 2011-12
Writing for Film: Scriptwriting with Roy Cross 2011
Introduction to Playwriting with Kate Bligh 2010-11
Introduction to Poetry with Sina Queyras 2010-11

Master Classes and Q&A's with Visiting Writers at Concordia University

Sue Goyette (2019); Doireann Ní Ghríofa (2019); C.A. Conrad (2018); Eileen Myles (2018); Ariana Reines (2017); Claudia Rankine (2016); Evie Shockley & Trish Salah (2016); Lisa Robertson & Laura Broadbent (2016); Suzanne Buffam, Damian Rogers, Sarah Burgoyne (2016); Jeramy Dodds & Don McKay (2016); Dionne Brand (2016); Phindar Dulai (2016); Paula Meehan (2015); Ben Lerner (2016); Andre Alexis (2015); Chris Kraus (2012); Juliana Spahr (2012); Lydia Davis (2011); Roddy Doyle (2011); Kevin Barry (2011); Bob Holman & Anne Waldman (2011).



Invisible College with Ariana Reines

via Zoom May 2020-Ongoing

International Poetry Reading and Writing

Zoom Group & Events:

Joe Brainard Brain Trust;

Gnostic Summer (Nag Hammadi Bible,

Song of Songs).

The Wild Extended: Zoom Reading

Group on De-Colonial & Queer Theory 

Spring/Summer 2020
w/ Dr. Jesse Arseneault & fellow students

of the Graduate Department of English

Literature at Concordia University.


Centre for Expanded Poetics in Montréal

w/ Dr. Nathan Brown

Kant: Critique of Pure Reason (2020)

The Romantic Fragment: Jena Romantics

Schlegel, Novalis, Beiser (2020)

Hegel: Phenomenology of Spirit (2021)