Abdul Ali's debut collection of poems, Trouble Sleeping, won the 2014 New Issues Poetry Prize. His work has been published or is forthcoming by the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day series, Gathering of Tribes, Poet Lore, and Plume, to name a few. He has taught writing at Montgomery College, Goucher College, and Towson University. Ali earned an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from American University where he was a graduate fellow. He is currently at work on a new collection of poems and some essays.