Nisa Malli is a writer and researcher, born in Winnipeg and currently living in Toronto. She holds a BFA in Creative Writing from the University of Victoria and has completed residencies at the Banff Centre and Artscape Gibraltar Point. Her first chapbook, Remitting, was published by Baseline Press in 2019.

If you came here to find out about her research day job, where she writes about facts and data, you are on the wrong page.



Prayer for Homesickness, Watch Your Head
The Small Animal, The Fiddlehead

Autologous Transplant, Strange Horizons
All Towns Are Small, Poetry is Dead
An empty planet and we chose to replicate, antilang
Abeona, Goddess of Outward Journeys, hosts and AMA, antilang


Apicoectomy, Contemporary Verse 2

Abeona, Goddess of Outward Journeys, pilots the interstellar ark,

Apparition Lit, “Retribution” Issue

Our ship was the rental apartment you never fully settle,
Entropy Magazine
We said ‘dove-tail’ and now they know, Entropy Magazine

She Took Sleep, Recognition: Queer and Trans Writing on Sexual Harm

Homebound, Blood Bath Literary Zine “Demons” Issue

Anaphylaxis, 13: New Collected Poems from LGBTQI2S Writers

Ritual for Removing ‘Opioid-Seeking’ From Your File, Minola Review

The Naming of Things, Plenitude Magazine

The Illness Factory, The Puritan

The Fifth In My Palm, The Puritan

Evoked Potential, The Malahat Review
All Our Unreasonable Fears, Feels Zine

Reprinted in What Stops You, What Carries On

Doors That Were Unlocked for Worship, Room Magazine

Towards a Unified Theory of Relative Productivity, Cosmonauts Avenue

Things With No Home, Cosmonauts Avenue

What if you are the only people living here, bird, buried press
The Violin Woman, Grain Magazine 

Canicule, Arc Poetry Magazine

Sordino, Carte Blanche

Wet Halos, Maisonneuve Magazine




Moving In and Out of the Public Service Shouldn’t Be So Hard, Policy Options, Aug 2019

A Real Estate Ghost Story
GUTS Magazine, Sept 2018


My (Small Press) Writing Day

March 2018


Putting the 'Public' in Public Service

Policy Options, June 2017


Against Office Homonationalism

Medium, June 2017


Best of the Net Nominee (Minola Review, 2019)

Ontario Arts Council Literary Creation Grant (2019)

Ontario Arts Council Recommender Grant (2019)

Toronto Arts Council Grant (2017)


”The Indescribable”, Can-Con, Oct 18-20, 2019

Baseline Press, Toronto Launch, Oct 25, 2019


Baseline Press, London Launch, Oct 1, 2019

Emerging Writers Reading Series, Sept 9, 2019
Unruly Bodies, Aug 25 2019

Light Reading Series, Oct 2018

Draft Reading Series 13.6, May 2018