Biography

Ali Lewis is a poet and writer based in London. His poems have appeared in magazines including The Poetry ReviewThe Rialto, BrittleStar, and Magma. A selection of poems are forthcoming in the journal Textual Practice. His poems have also appeared in numerous anthologies, including The Best New British and Irish Poets 2016bodies declare themselves (Poetry Book Society), and 154: Contemporary Poets Respond to Shakespeare (Live Canon). 

In 2016, he was chosen for the inaugural TOAST Poets mid-career mentoring scheme. He was runner-up in the 2015 Poetry Book Fair competition for his poem 'Book', and highly commended in the 2016 PBS National Student Poetry Competition for 'Pressure'. He has been shortlisted for the Jane Martin Prize, and the Ivan Juritz Prize, receiving a residency at Cove Park for the latter. He has also been a Poetry School Mixed Borders Poet-in-Residence. 

He is interested in collaboration and has worked with the poet Rishi Dastidar and with the contemporary classical quartet, The Hermes Experiment. 

He holds an MA with Distinction in Creative Writing from Goldsmiths College and is currently shortlisted for the Pat Kavanagh Award, awarded each year for "an outstanding piece of work from the Goldsmiths MA in Creative Writing Programme". 

He also has a BA in Politics from the University of Cambridge, where he received the university's John Dunn Prize and his college's Precious Pearl Prize for his research. 

He works for the Poetry School and runs the Poet Development Programme there. 

For a full list of publications, see CV.