Photography: Zahra Siddiqui

Zen Alladina is a South Asian writer, poet, and multidisciplinary creator. Her work draws from (yet dreams beyond) history, reimagining the ancestral to contextualize the speculative.

She is the 2022 winner of Toronto Art Bar Poetry‘s Discovery Night, and has had the honour of sharing the stage with performers such as Rupi Kaur (Chapters Indigo Brampton) and Deepti Naval (NextGen Arts Montreal). Her spoken word features (FreeFlow, Lakeshore Arts, Tartan Turban, 6City, etc.) incorporate both pre-written and live-improvised poetry, created on the spot using words from the audience.

Her writing is published (or forthcoming) in Room Magazine 46.1, Asian American Writers’ Workshop, Solarpunk Magazine, UKAI Projects, Soap Box Press Vol. VII, and more.

A trained arts facilitator and tea sommelier, she uses tea’s history to inspire pre-colonial reimagination through Tea Stories: Creative Workshops, held at Reset, East End Arts, Toronto Metropolitan University, and online.

She is a co-developer of the Augmented-Reality x Poetry series const(i.e.)llations, exhibited at Nuit Blanche Toronto and Innergenerational.

Zen is located in T’karonto | Toronto, and often in Seattle. When she isn’t lost in words, she’s likely lost in the woods.