Doyali Islam is the interim Reviews Editor for Arc Poetry Magazine and is transitioning into the role of incoming Poetry Editor for Arc Poetry Magazine.
Her current poetry manuscript is heft and sing – a formally-innovative and lyrical work that contains the original poetic form she created, which she has termed the ‘parallel poem’, along with her experiments with the traditional sonnet form.
For a window onto her life and work, read her “12 or 20 questions” responses on rob mclennan’s website or her latest interview over at Town Crier. In April 2017, she was a guest on CBC’s Sunday Edition, during which she sat down with host Michael Enright to discuss her poetry and to share a couple of poems about cats and pockets (Listen in).
The winner of League of Canadian Poets‘ inaugural National Broadsheet Contest, Arc‘s 2016 Poem of the Year Contest, and CV2‘s 2015 Young Buck Poetry Prize, her poems have appeared in Kenyon Review Online, Grain, and The Fiddlehead. Other poems were nominated for the 2017 National Magazine Awards. Islam is the recipient of a 2015 Chalmers Arts Fellowship, which she used to explore the relationship between parkour (freerunning), place, and poetics. She is also a past recipient of grants from Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. In 2011, Islam won CV2‘s Thirty-fifth Anniversary Contest, and her first poetry book – Yusuf and the Lotus Flower – was published by BuschekBooks (out of print as of September 2017).
She currently lives in Toronto.