Out of the Dark and Scary Places: A Collection of Poetry by Ashley Hynd
Kitchener-based Ashley Hynd is a poet with mixed ancestry who lives on the Haldimand Tract and respects the Attawandron, Anishnawbe, and Haudenosaunee relationships with the land. Like many people with mixed heritage the knowledge of her history is unclear. According to the stories in her family they are of Anishnawbe, Cherokee and metis decent. Her writing currently grapples with the erasure of her history and is as much an act of reclamation as it is a call of accountability for what has been lost.
She was a member of the first KWPS Slam Residency (2018), was shortlisted for Arc Poem of the Year (2017), won the Pacific Spirit Poetry Prize (2017) and was member of the KWPS Poetry Slam Team (2015). Her poetry has appeared in Arc Poetry Magainze, Canthius, Room Magazine, Prism International and is forthcoming in SubTerrain.
Hynd has performed at a wide-range of events throughout Kitchener-Waterloo, including The Balderdash Reading Series (2018), Mysterious Barricades Suicide Prevention Concert (2017), Open Ears Arts Festival (2017) and Latitudes Storytelling Festival (2015).