Abdul Ali is a poet, educator, and literary activist. Ali has taught at several universities and creative writing centers including Howard, JohnsHopkins, and Towson University. His writing has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Plume, Gathering of Tribes, and the Poetry Foundation. Born and raised in New York City, Ali is currently writing new work and is the current program coordinator of an AndrewMellon grant for a major humanities initiative at the Community College of Baltimore County. Trouble Sleeping (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2015), his debut collection of poems, received glowing reviews in Publisher’s Weekly and the Library Journal.