Ahmed ‘Knowmadic’ Ali

Award-winning poet, Ahmed Knowmadic Ali, is a full-time writer, actor, comedian, public speaker and youth worker who inspires with his dynamic, thought-provoking and humorous poetry. He is the seventh and current Poet Laureate of Edmonton, Alberta Canada. Ahmed is the co-founder and current artistic director of Edmonton’s only spoken word collective: Breath In Poetry. More than an accomplished poet, Ahmed uses his talents to inspire and uplift the local community. Follow Ahmed on Facebook and Twitter 

Ahmed Knowmadic Ali - City of Edmonton Poet Laureate

City of Edmonton Poet Laureate Ahmed Knowmadic Ali

Ahmed Knowmadic Ali will serve a two-year term as Edmonton’s seventh Poet Laureate, from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2019. Edmonton’s Poet Laureate Program is supported jointly by the City of Edmonton –
Edmonton Public Library –
Edmonton Arts Council.

Ahmed ‘Knowmadic’ Ali is a community organizer, public speaker, poet, youth worker, and full time father that has dedicated his time to enabling and empowering diverse communities within Edmonton. Ahmed is the co-founder and current artistic director of Edmonton’s only spoken word collective: Breath In Poetry. He is passionate about the arts, education and emphasizes the importance of equitable representation on all levels of government.

Ahmed is an outspoken proponent of public education; he is a registered vendor with the Edmonton Public School board and provides students interactive lessons on the importance of resilience, empathy, community engagement and equity. In addition to the school board, Ahmed presents on diversity and inclusion for the Alberta Teachers’ Association’s International Educational Exchange program. In partnership with Welcome Center for Immigrants and Big Brother Big Sisters, Ahmed was a summer school program leader where he assisted teachers with unique strategies to engage youth.

Besides education, Ahmed is extremely passionate about the arts. He is Edmonton’s current Poet Laureate and a multi-award winning, internationally recognized artist who has traveled to countries like Sudan, Wales, the United States and England, both to perform and lead poetry workshops. Ahmed has served on the Edmonton Arts Council board for 3 years and chaired the Equity Committee prior to becoming Edmonton’s Poet Laureate. He also served on the Quarterz Arts board where he hosted and promoted events at the Boyle Street Community League and surrounding neighbourhoods. Ahmed is a professional speaker who regularly shares his expertise on inclusion and the arts through keynotes and panel discussions.

Ahmed’s is a dedicated youth worker and volunteer. He has worked with youth in correctional facilities in Alberta and in Wales. He regularly mentors young emerging artists and disadvantaged youth. He was employed as an African Youth Outreach Coordinator by the City of Edmonton for the initiation of the Rising youth program. In this position, Ahmed’s responsibilities ranged from organizing leadership workshops on building healthy lifestyle habits, relationship building and building sustainable community connections.

Ahmed Knowmadic uses his talents to inspire and uplift the local community. He encourages Edmonton’s aspiring poets and youth to use poetry as a positive form of self-expression and exploration of identity. A poet and community builder, Ahmed brings a contagious positivity and inclusivity to everything he does.


  • City of Edmonton Poet Laureate
  • Edmonton Top 40 Under 40
  • Youth Empowerment Award
  • Canadian Spoken Word Champion
  • Northland’s Emerging Artist Award
  • Alberta Top 30 Under 30
  • Young Arts Entrepreneur Award
  • Cultural Diversity In The Arts Awards
  • Obsidian performer Of The Year Awards
  • Keys to success In The Arts Award
  • Culture And Arts Award


  • Published In
    – Houston’s Favorite Poems|Calypso Editions
    – Great Black North|Fortenac House
    – Sun and Snow Anthonlogy|Rhythem International
    – Early African Civilization SONKOFA |Rubicon Publishing
    – Cultural Diversity and The Stage |Alt Theater
  • Published
    – Deeply Rooted|Self Publish Chapbook