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Ahmed Knowmadic

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.

The Breath in Poetry is a collective of artists and community leaders that are committed to bridging gaps by raising awareness through spoken and written poetry workshops, events and collaborations. Its objective is to empower new and established poets and musicians, specifically those of visible minority backgrounds. Its purpose is to provide professional networking and financial opportunities. The Breath in Poetry Collective runs weekly Tuesday poetry nights that provide both a welcoming and competitive platform. Additionally, the Collective is involved in promoting and establishing youth related poetry initiatives, such as classroom workshops, youth poetry slams/open mics and a district wide public school board Slam. The Breath in Poetry Collective aims to distribute the knowledge and tools required to help artists become sustainable and financially literate.

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