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Irfan Ali is a writer from Toronto’s west end. He is currently at work on two projects: a manuscript of love and loss poetry and a collection of short stories set in the city. His writing has appeared in the anthologies Underground Inspirations and West of What We Know and in the Youth Writers from the Edge online zine. Outside of his craft, Irfan keeps himself busy as a teacher, program manager, and DJ.

Award History

2015 Finalist

RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers
for Who I Think About When I Think About You

Jury Citation

“In his poems, Irfan Ali takes Canadian readers to Pakistan with its hot climate, violent political environment, and divine inside spaces. Employing sincere and sensual language and evoking known and not-so-known images, such as elephants and masjid, Ali’s highly erotic and emotionally rich lyricism opens us up to the lives of people of widely distinct cultures and leaves us with an aftertaste of lust, spirituality, and blood.” — 2015 RBC Bronwen Wallace Jury (Rachel Rose, Nilofar Shidmehr, and Fiona Tinwei Lam)

Works recognized by WT

Who I Think About When I Think About You