photography: zenab kashif


always calm    always chaos

Zen Alladina (she/her) is a South Asian writer, poet, and tea sommelier living on the Treaty 13 land known as t’karonto|Toronto, Canada.

Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Solarpunk Magazine, AAWW's The Margins, and the 6City Poetry: Season One anthology.

She is the 2022 winner of Toronto Art Bar Poetry’s Discovery Night, and in 2016 she performed at Chapters Indigo’s National Poetry Month event, opening for Rupi Kaur.

When she isn't lost in words, she’s likely lost in the woods.

Selected Performances

  • lakeshore arts' 2022 agm
  • nazz concert, opener
  • forest stories
    jumblies theatre & the rose brampton
  • 6city poetry: season one
  • toronto art bar poetry
    discovery night: 1st place winner '22
  • write by the water
    lakeshore arts
  • true stories told live
  • women's health in women's hands
  • shakespeare lives in poetry
    toronto int'l festival of authors
    harbourfront centre
  • rupi kaur appearance, opener
    national poetry month 2016
    chapters indigo

Published Work

  • "Oxidation," Solarpunk Magazine
    (March Microfiction Contest Winner)
  • [Forthcoming] Asian American Writers' Workshop - The Margins
  • [Forthcoming] 6City Poetry Anthology
  • [Forthcoming] Soap Box Press Anthology



Other Achievements

  • george brown culinary arts
    tea certification lvl 1 & 2
  • dmz basecamp 2017
    $5k pitch competition winner
  • ontario summer company
    startup grant awardee


nature is an artist, endlessly recreating herself as herself

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zen (dot) alladina {at} gmail [dot] com