Abdul Ali is a culture writer, poet, editor, change agent, and proud papa of one–living in the District of Columbia since 2005. Originally from New York City, he lived in Baltimore for five years before moving to the District to attend the historic Howard University where he majored in English and Theater and began writing. An eclectic writer and die-hard culture junkie, his work ranges from personal essays, poetry, reviews, feature interview, culture writing, to a play in-progress, and one day hopes to get into screenwriting.
His “literary” writing appears in the anthologies It’s All Love (Doubleday, 2008) edited by Marita Golden and Full Moon on K Street (Plan B Press, 2010) edited by Kim Roberts . His poetry has also appeared in Beltway Poetry Quarterly, The Amistad, The Washington Post, Tidal Basin Review, Gargoyle, and New Contrasts (South Africa), among others.
Abdul Ali was the 2007 winner of the College Language Association’s Creative Writing Contest. He was a finalist for the 2008 Larry Neal Award. In 2009, he was the recipient of an Artist Fellowship for Literature by the DC Commission on the Arts. Most recently, Mr. Ali co-founded with Crystyn Wright NeoBlack Cinema Project, an organization whose mission is to radically shift the images of people of color in film. Check it out at www.neoblackcinema.com
Educated at the historic Howard University where he studied English and Theater and is currently an MFA candidate in Creative Writing at American University.