MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)2017
Abdul Ali is the author of Trouble Sleeping, winner of 2014 New Issues Poetry Prize selected by poet Fanny Howe. He was educated at Howard University where he studied American literature and Theater; for graduate school, he earned his M.F.A. in Creative Writing (poetry, nonfiction) at American University. His poetry, essays, and interviews have appeared or is forthcoming in Gargoyle, Gathering of Tribes, National Public Radio, The Washington Post magazine, New Contrast (South Africa), Academy of American Poets (poets.org), Poet Lore and the anthology, Full Moon on K Street, among other publications. He has received grants, awards, and fellowships from The DC Commission of the Arts and Humanities, American University, College Language Association, and the Mt. Vernon Poetry Festival at George Washington University. He has taught writing at Towson University, Goucher College, and will teach in the graduate writing program at Johns Hopkins University this summer.