Nisa Malli is a writer and researcher, born in Winnipeg and currently living in Toronto. Her poems and essays have been published in Arc Poetry, Carte Blanche, Cosmonauts Avenue, Grain, GUTS, Maisonneuve, Policy Options, Room Magazine, The Malahat Review and elsewhere. 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 is forthcoming from Baseline Press in Fall 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.



Homebound, Blood Bath Literary Zine “Demons” Issue

The Naming of Things, Plenitude Magazine

Ritual for Removing ‘Opioid-Seeking’ From Your File, Minola Review
The Illness Factory, The Puritan

The Fifth In My Palm, The Puritan


Evoked Potential, The Malahat Review (2019)
All Our Unreasonable Fears, Feels Zine (2019)

Doors That Were Unlocked for Worship, Room Magazine (2018)

Towards a Unified Theory of Relative Productivity;

Things With No Home, Cosmonauts Avenue (2018)

What if you are the only people living here 

      bird, buried press (2018)
The Violin WomanGrain Magazine (2017)

Canicule, Arc Poetry Magazine (2012)

Sordino, Carte Blanche (2008)

Wet Halos, Maisonneuve Magazine (2008)




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


Ontario Arts Council Recommender Grant (2019)

Toronto Arts Council Grant (2017)



Light Reading Series, Oct 2018

Draft Reading Series 13.6, May 2018


Writing the Body in Pain