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). Ashley holds a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and Professional Writing and is the author of the poetry collections Cosmica Cosita (forthcoming, Caleta Olivia, 2019), Ambient Technology (2018) and I Am Here (Metatron, 2014). Her poetry has been anthologized within Canada and internationally, and has been translated and published in multiple languages. In 2017, she was named one of Canada’s 30 Under 30 poets (In/Words Press). She is the screenwriter behind Museum of Symmetry (National Film Board of Canada, 2018) which was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award in 2019 for Best Virtual Reality Game. She is currently working as a poetry workshop instructor with Poetry In Voice and a mentor at Mentorly.
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.