Award winning poet Ahmed ‘Knowmadic’ Ali is a Somali-born Canadian. He is a full-time poet, writer, actor, comedian, speaker and youth worker. In 2011, Ahmed became the first Somali spoken word champion at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. In 2012, he was given the RISE award for community involvement in the arts and culture and, in 2013, the Artist in Residence at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute in Seattle, Washington. Ahmed was also named a “Difference Maker” by the Edmonton Journal for his contribution to poetry in Edmonton. In 2014, ACGC recognized the young poet as Alberta’s Top 30 under 30. He is also one of the founders and organizers of the Breath in Poetry Collective. His work has been published in Alt. Theater Journal, Rubicon Publishing, The Great Black North and online publications.
Ahmed’s poetry ranges from Identity to social justice. He places an importance on the personal narrative and strengthening ones diction. Additionally, Ahmed feels we all have unique perspectives that none other poses. Each poem written is an authentic master piece. All of Ahmed’s poetry contains some form of humor and tons of word play.