November 20-22, 2020, University of Alberta


Edmonton Poet Laureate Ahmed Knowmadic Ali is a community organizer, public speaker, youth worker, and full-time father that has dedicated his time to enabling and empowering diverse communities within Edmonton. Ahmed is co-founder and current artistic director of Edmonton’s only spoken word collective, Breath In Poetry. He is passionate about the arts, education and emphasizes the importance of equitable representation on all levels of government.

Ahmed is extremely passionate about the arts. He served as Edmonton’s seventh poet laureate and is a multi-award-winning, internationally recognized artist who has traveled to countries like Sudan, Wales, the United States, and England to perform and lead poetry workshops. He served on the Edmonton Arts Council board for three years and chaired the Equity Committee. He also served on the Quarters Arts board, where he hosted and promoted events at the Boyle Street Community League and surrounding neighbourhoods.

Ahmed is a leader in the Edmonton poetry community and a professional speaker and who regularly shares his expertise on inclusion and the arts through keynotes and panel discussions.