Biography: Internationally recognized award-winning poet, Ahmed Knowmadic Ali, is a full-time writer, actor, 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. Ahmed is a registered vendor with the Edmonton Public School board and provides students with interactive lessons on the importance of resilience, empathy, community engagement and equity. Ahmed is a dedicated youth worker and community builder who serves on boards like the Law Enforcement Review Board of Alberta, The Attendance Board of Alberta, The Somali Canadian Women and Children Association and regularly works with youth in correctional facilities.