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Ali Pinkney (b. 1991, Timmins, ON), is a literary writer invested in poetics. She is based on Tiohtiá:ke of the Kanien’kehá :ka people, the unceded island known as Montréal. Ali is a Master of Arts student of English Literature and Creative Writing at Concordia University, where she holds her year's Steinberg Scholarship and Fellowship with the Faculty of Arts and Science. Her experimental work Tampion was published in 2014 as part of the inauguration of Metatron Press. The continued development of her thesis and first major manuscript in poetry, Sharp Dogs with Pale Eyes, has received adjudicated support from C.A.L.Q., the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and Home School Hudson NY. Her first novella, Roadkill Croque Monsieur will be released on a serial basis in issues of Bad Nudes Magazine starting in October 2019 in the Bad Nudes Anthology, ahead of a limited edition collected whole on Bad Books Press in 2020.
Languages English / French / Finnish
2019 Assistant to the Director of Writers Read, Concordia University (S. Queyras)
2019 Teacher’s assistant, Concordia University Department of English (J. Sachs)
2016 Research assistant, McGill University Department of Religion (A. Sharma)
2015 Research assistant, McGill University Department of Religion (A. Marion)
M.A. English & Creative Writing 2021
B.A. Honours English and Creative Writing, with distinction 2017
Ontario Secondary School Diploma w/ academic honours; International Baccalaureate Gifted Program Diploma (Mathematics, Language Arts); Integrated Arts Theatre Program Diploma (2009)
Concordia University School of Graduate Studies
Ruth and David Steinberg Scholarship in Literary Excellence 2019
Faculty of Arts and Science Fellowship 2019
Poet in Residence Hudson New York 2019
Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec (CALQ)
Research, Creation, and Exploration Project Grant 2019
Poet in Residence 2018
Forthcoming: Road Kill Croque Monsieur (Bad Books Press 2020);
Tampion. Poetry & Experimental Fiction by Ali Pinkney. Metatron Press (2014), Print. Excerpt on Omega Blog: http://metatron.press/omega/page/27/
“Fifth Snifter and the Amberoid Ashtray.” Poetry Suite (4 poems) Bad Nudes Issue 1.1 (October 2016), Web. http://www.badnudes.com/issue1.1/#ali
“The Incubus and the Meter Maid.” Experimental Non-Fiction. The Puritan Town Crier (January 18, 2016), Web. http://towncrier.puritan-magazine.com/ephemera/ali-pinkney/
“Peal, Chime, Toll.” Poem. Everyday Genius (2014) Web. http://www.everyday-genius.com/2014/11/ali-pinkney.html
“False Preciousness & Simple Continual Belonging.” Non-Fiction. Metatron Press, Web. (May 2014) Web. http://www.onmetatron.org/non-fiction/ali-pinkney-2/
Print & Web
Poetic Statement. Theory. Bad Nudes Issue 2.3 (July 2017) Print. Web. http://www.badnudes.com/issue2.3/
3 Poems. Poetry. The Link Newspaper vol 32, issue 24: The Many Shades of Strike. Special Insert: The Annual Women’s Issue: Featured Poet. 3 Poems by Ali Pinkney. (March 2012). Print. Web. https://thelinknewspaper.ca/article/a-selection-of-poems
“Hot n Heavy;” “In Very Mountainous Country.” Poetry. Soliloquies Anthology 16.1 (2012) Print. Web. https://issuu.com/soliloquiesanthology/docs/solil16.1
“Minstrel Maid;” “Oil Grotto.” Poetry (2 poems) Matrix Magazine 100 Poems Issue (2015) Print.
Poetic Foreword for Proprioception by Marie Jane Segolene C. Brault. Full-length Photography & Poetry Book. Book Label Press, 2015. Montreal QC. Print.
“Spindle.” Poetry. The Void Magazine: Portraits Issue (2014, pp. 26) Print.
“Jean Jacket Boy;” “Oil Grotto.” Poetry. The Collected Works of Tracey Dion Cooper. Concordia University (2012). Print.
“In Very Mountainous Country;” “Equal Opportunities;” “Coloc’” 3 Poems. Headlight Anthology 15 (2012) Print.
“Sargasso Sea.” Poetry. The Void: How Could This Happen vol. 10, issue 1 (2011 pp. 28-29, 2012), Print.
“Bastard Grandfather.” Fiction. Synapse no. 55. 2011. Print.
Literary Readings and Performances
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.
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
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Soliloquies Anthology Artistic Director 2017
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.")
Workshops, Master Classes, Lectures
Postgraduate Creative Workshop & Lectures
The Homeschool Hudson July-August 2019
(Soma)tic Poetry Ritual creation with C.A. Conrad
Poetry workshop with Anne Boyer (Kansas City Art Institute)
Poetry workshop with Dawn Lundy Martin (University of Pittsburgh)
Poetry & Theory workshop with Ariana Reines (Columbia; The New School)
Poetry & Theory masterclass with Fred Moten (NYU)
Poetry, Theory, & Music workshop with Jackie Wang (Harvard)
Banff Centre Late Fall Writers in Residence
Banff, Alberta December 2018
Time in the narrative with Zsuzsi Gartner;
Space composition with Alex Leslie
Writing Workshops at Concordia University’s Undergraduate Creative Writing Department, Montreal QC:
Introduction to Poetry Sina Queyras 2010-2011
Introduction to Playwriting Kate Bligh 2010-2011
Writing for Film: Scriptwriting Roy Cross 2011
Introduction to Fiction Sina Queyras 2011-2012
Advanced Poetry Jon Paul Fiorentino 2011-2012
Advanced Fiction Trevor Ferguson 2014-2015
Creative Non-Fiction Mikhail Iossel 2013
Creative Non-Fiction Terrence Byrnes 2017
Experimental Poetry Sina Queyras 2016
Curating and Archiving the Literary Event Sina Queyras 2016
Independent Study: Science Fiction Experiment The Slerm Sina Queyras 2017
Master Classes with Visiting Writers at Concordia University
Andre Alexis (2015), Chris Kraus (2012), Juliana Spahr (2012), Lydia Davis (2011), Roddy Doyle (2011), Kevin Barry (2011), Bob Holman and Anne Waldman (2011)
An attendee of Writers Read Events, Q&A’s
C.A. Conrad (2018), Eileen Myles (2018), Ariana Reines (2017), Claudia Rankine (2016), Ben Lerner (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)
Curator, Emcee, and Host of Literary Festivals & Events
Emcee & Host
Bad Nudes Magazine Launch 2.3
July 2017 Montreal, Quebec
Curator, Host, Emcee
Debbie an Epic: A Marathon
Marathon Reading of Lisa Robertson’s “Debbie an Epic”
in conjunction with Concordia Writer’s Read ft. Lisa Robertson and Laura Broadbent
October 2016 Concordia University Montreal, Quebec
Co-Founder with Marie Segolene
The Poetry Workshop Series at P10 Queer Youth Centre
Spring 2015 Montreal, Quebec
Off the Page Literary Festival 2016
Concordia University, Montreal Quebec
ft. Anne Boyer, Damian Rogers, Trish Salah, Johanna Skibsrud, Suzanne Buffam, Trish Salah, Sarah Burgoyne, Jowita Bydlowska, Madelyne Beckles, Anna Leventhal, Lisa Robertson
October 2016 Montreal, Quebec
Co-curator, Emcee, & Host
Off the Page Literary Event in Collaboration w/ Public Poetics 2013
International Literary Event, VAV Gallery
April 4 2013 Montreal, Quebec
Co-Curator with Michael Chaulk
The Single Line (Telephone Voicemail Reading Series) 2014
ft. Christian Bök’s original recording ‘Emergency,’ unveiled at VAV Gallery
Launch 4 April 2013 Montreal, QC
Tampion (2014) Reception
Reviews and Quotations
Interview with Ashley Opheim about editing first Metatron Press Catalogue
"Ali Pinkney’s book Tampion is the one I feel closest to as an editor. Putting Tampion together was the most challenging of all the books, but in turn also the most rewarding. Ali [...] really strengthened me as an editor. This book is wrought with emotion and sentiment and is ominous, unique and captivating. It would fit well with readers who enjoy Anne Sexton or Sylvia Plath." - Ashley Opheim in conversation with Guillaume Morisette, Vehicule Press Blogspot, 2014
Good reads reader review - Sacha Archer
"Here is a book from a new author full of potential, a book that is fresh, bursting with odd situations, quirky angles and fractured narrative. And sombre. Death haunts the pages, and the vulnerability of the left, left to recall - the ghosts of experience/ story. [...] the book is an engaging read, well written, and highly recommended." - Sacha Archer, 2014
Review by Klara du Plessis http://resonancecafe.com/echo/?p=516
"The dictionary defines Tampion as the stopper for a gun. And although the frenetic style of Ali Pinkney’s chapbook shouldn’t be restrained, the title does serve as a safety catch to contain her poems. Death and how to eclipse it, is a game Pinkney plays. In “Hier soir,” when Baby asks the poetic speaker, “People don’t die, right?” she is assured “No” (54). [...] Further the Ouija game of spelling words out, focuses attention on writing as a craft. And in turn, this self-referentiality adds vitality to the poems. Writing becomes creation. Creation is life. You should see Pinkney on stage, she resuscitates words through performance." - Klara du Plessis, author of Ekke. From Resonance Café reviews, Echo
Multi-media Writing Collaborations, Commissions, Poetic Vocal Recordings
"Evacuating the Homunculus" Banff Centre Performance Trio December 2018
Interviewee featured in McGill University Anthropology of Poetry Documentary 2017
Video Poetry Voice and Text by Ali Pinkney
For Video Artist Roijin Shafiei
Monster and Explorer (2014)
Short film voice work
Screened at Emily Carr Film Festival 2014
Soliloquies Anthology Interview & Poem Reading (2012)
The Writings on the Fridge (2012)
Fridge Poetry for by Katie Sehl, Independent Curator, MA
Script Treatment Writer
Artemis and Actaeon Short (2009)
A Magician of Sorts, Ptarmigan Music Video (2016)
Co-wrote, co-produced and co-directed
w/ Rosamunde Bordo, Samuel Whillans
Observing fawns' group intelligence at Mont Tremblant, 2018
Adaptation of Ali's first published poem, "Sargasso Sea," by visual artist Amanda Craig. Appearing together w/ poem in The Void, 'Portraits,' issue, 2011.
Poster for the author's first formal reading in Montreal, when the author was 19. Synapse was a series at Concordia University which featured one undergraduate writer (myself); one graduate level writer (Lise); one doctorate level writer (Michael); alongside working professionals of the craft.
First official author portrait and below the photograph cover of Tampion (2014), by visual artist and founder of Editorial Magazine, Claire Milbrath
Ali's first book launch when Metatron launches the first catalogue in 2014 at Bain St Michel, Plateau, Montreal. Author is 23.
Poster girl for Concordia English Department (Photo is Ali hosting International Poetry Colloquium w/ Public Poetics and the first Off the Page Festival, 2013)
Above L: Henrika and Ashley and Ali at a reading at Drawn and Quarterly; R: Ali Reading at Drawn and Quarterly; Below L: Ali and Airick (Doldrums) at Claudia Rankine Writers Read
L: Ali designs cover for Soliloquise 21.2, 2016, also editor of poetry in this issue; R: Reading for a Soliloquies-affiliated event in 2015
Bad Nudes launch magazine ! in 2016 @ Fattal lofts in st Henri
Photograph by Brad Casey, author of Idiot on Fire
Ali's Poster design for Lisa Robertson Debbie an Epic (which Ali curated with Mick Hennessey) in 2016
Introduction for Jeramy Dodds and Don McKay Writers Read, 2016
Cross Pollination Lab, Lofts des Pins Montreal. 40 minute poetics solo with traditional jazz accompaniment. October 2017.
Art Matters Festival Opening Ceremony, March 2015. Ali reads "Jinread" (RKCM Pt. III) for first time.
Above: Thomas Molander (co-founder of Bad Nudes) holds Ali's 2017 guest issue; below, w/ Fawn Parker (co-founder of Bad Nudes and author of Set-Point 2019), and Ali at the event in August 2017
Picture by Ariana Molly
In green room at La Vitrola October 2016 (the night news broke Leonard Cohen was dead) for a Metatron Launch. Short blonde hair is that of playwright Rhiannon Colette and also pictured from this night is writer Cason Sharpe. Ariana Molly, or Ashley Obscura Opheim on cameras. Directly below I'm signing my first fan autograph.
Portrait by Andrea Young, Potton QC 2019.