biography

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 performances (FreeFlow, Lakeshore Arts, Tartan Turban, 6City, etc.) incorporate both pre-written and live-improvised poetry, delivered on the spot using words from the audience.

Her writing is published (or forthcoming) in Room Magazine, Solarpunk Magazine, Asian American Writers’ Workshop, Soap Box Press, UKAI Projects, 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 East End Arts, Reset, 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. Each installation explores a phonetic sound as a ​poem, using illustration, animation, and sound to recreate a lost ancestral alphabet.

Zen is located on the Treaty 13 land presently understood as T’karonto | Toronto, and often in Seattle. When she isn’t lost in words, she’s likely lost in the woods.