Ashley Hynd is a poet with mixed ancestry who lives on the Haldimand Tract and respects the Attawandaron , Anishnawbe, and Haudenosaunee relationships with the land. Like many people with mixed heritage the knowledge of her history is unclear. According to the stories in her family they are of Anishnawbe, Cherokee and métis decent. Her writing currently grapples with the erasure of her history and is as much an act of reclamation as it is a call of accountability for what has been lost.
She was longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize (2018), shortlisted for Arc Poem of the Year (2018) and won the Pacific Spirit Poetry Prize (2017). Her poetry has appeared in Arc Poetry Magazine, Canthius, Room Magazine, Prisim International, SubTerrain Magazine and is forthcoming in Grain Magazine.
She was a member of the first KWPS Slam Residency in 2018 and the KWPS Poetry Slam Team in 2015. She has performed for a wide-range of events throughout Kitchener-Waterloo, including The Balderdash Reading Series (2018), Mysterious Barricades Suicide Prevention Concert (2017), Open Ears Arts Festival (2017) and Latitudes Storytelling Festival (2015).
Her hobbies include trampling the patriarchy, avoiding doing the dishes and getting lost in conversations.