Zen Alladina

we sing in languages that forgot their words; distant, missing birds.

About Me

Photography: Zahra Siddiqui

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

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

She is the 2022 winner of 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, delivered on the spot using words from the audience.

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 Centre, East End Arts, Toronto Metropolitan University, and online.

She is a co-developer of the Augmented-Reality Poetry series const(i.e.)llations, as seen in Nuit Blanche Toronto.

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.

Photography: Zahra Siddiqui