Ashley Hynd lives on the Haldimand Tract and respects all her relations’ 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 often 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 work has appeared in ARC, Canthius, Room, PRISM, SubTerrain, Grain, Cv2, Vallum, TNQ, Carte Blanche, Malahat Review, Best Small Fictions 2019, Changing the Face of Canadian Literature, and Best Canadian Poetry 2020. Her debut chapbook Entropy is available with Gap Riot Press.
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 Emerging Writer’s Reading Series, Balderdash Reading Series, Mysterious Barricades Suicide Prevention Concert, Open Ears Arts Festival and Latitudes Storytelling Festival.
Founder and facilitator of Poets & Pancakes, a monthly brunch for writers run from her home, Ashley believes in building and fostering community. She sits on the editorial board for both Canthius & Textile KW and is a poetry mentor with Textile KW.
Her hobbies include trampling the patriarchy, avoiding doing the dishes and getting lost in conversations.