Ashley Hynd is a poet with mixed ancestry who lives on the Haldimand Tract and respects the Manidoosh, Niiwozid, Bineshiinh, Gaa-babaamaadagewaad, 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 and Cherokee 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 consecutively longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize (2018 & 2019), 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, Prisim International, SubTerrain, Grain, Cv2, Vallum and The Malahat Review.
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 including The Emerging Writer’s Reading Series, The Balderdash Reading Series, Mysterious Barricades Suicide Prevention Concert, Open Ears Arts Festival and Latitudes Storytelling Festival.
Ashley hosts a monthly brunch called Poets & Pancakes for her local writing community and is currently a member of the Canthius editorial board.
Her hobbies include trampling the patriarchy, avoiding doing the dishes and getting lost in conversations.