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, Doyali Islam’s poems have appeared in Kenyon Review Online, Grain, and The Fiddlehead. 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). For a window onto her life and work, visit her “12 or 20 questions” responses on rob mclennan’s website or read her latest interview over at Town Crier.
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.
Her poetry is currently nominated for the 2017 National Magazine Awards.
She lives in Toronto.