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 as well as grants from Canada Council for the Arts (Grants for Professional Writers, 2013), Ontario Arts Council (Writers’ Reserve, 2014), and Barbara Deming Memorial Fund (Money for Women, 2014). From March 2013 to April 2015, Islam curated and hosted Conspiracy of 3 Reading Series. In 2011, she won CV2‘s 35th Anniversary Contest, and her first poetry book – Yusuf and the Lotus Flower – was published by BuschekBooks. For a window onto her life and work as of February 27th 2016, read her “12 or 20 questions” responses on rob mclennan’s website. Her current poetry manuscript is heft and sing. She lives in Toronto.
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