Ashley Obscura (b. 1988) is a Montreal-based Canadian-Mexican poet, editor and publisher. She is the founder and managing editor of Metatron Press (2014), a literary press, where she publishes debut books by young writers, runs a digital publishing program, spearheads an annual writing prize, and organizes literary happenings. Ashley has published 36 debut books and participated in/ organized 100+ unique, one-of-a-kind literary happenings and frequently presents on contemporary literature and publishing at conferences, universities, and festivals.
Ashley is the author of the poetry collections Cosmica Cosita (forthcoming, Caleta Olivia, 2019), Ambient Technology (2018), I Am Here (Metatron, 2014), and the screenwriter of Museum of Symmetry (National Film Board of Canada, 2018). Her poetry has been anthologized within Canada and internationally, and has been translated and published in multiple languages. She was named one of Canada’s 30 Under 30 poets in 2017 (In/Words Press). She is currently working on a video game about AI and the death of nature (commissioned by the Manchester International Festival), working as a poetry workshop instructor with Poetry In Voice and a mentor at Mentorly.
Ashley’s multi-disciplinary approach to language arts explores how one situates the self and creates meaning within the simultaneous union and chasm of the spiritual, physical and virtual realms. From scriptwriting for virtual reality, creating visually-stimulating digital poetry, composing ambient sound art, sensual spoken word performances of her work, to cosmic tweets and an emotionally-charged and vulnerable poetry, Obscura’s work spans a spectrum of medium, attempting to occupy a space that bridges the gap between our visible and invisible worlds; the organic and the digital.
Through her work, Ashley demonstrates an acute focus on nurturing and creating a new, colourful culture within the world of literature. Her work is devoted to creating and nurturing spaces that centre the transformational quality of art and self-expression to cultivate physical and digital spaces that engage the potential to bring people closer to them selves, to nature, and that connects them to the world and cosmos at large.
Ashley holds a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and Professional Writing from Concordia University.