Ali Lewis was born in Nottingham in 1990. His poems have appeared in magazines including Ambit, The Poetry Review, The Rialto, The Scores, The Dark Horse and Magma, and in numerous anthologies, including The Best New British and Irish Poets 2016. He received an Eric Gregory Award in 2018.
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 also been shortlisted for the Jane Martin Prize, and the Ivan Juritz Prize. He has completed residencies with Cove Park and Open Garden Squares. In 2016, he was chosen for the inaugural TOAST Poets mentoring scheme.
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 was 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 where he runs the Poet Development projects and co-edits Campus, the Poetry School's online magazine.
For a full list of publications, see CV.