About Delali Ayivor

D.A. headshot.jpg

Delali Ayivor is a Ghanaian-American writer. As a contemporary postcolonial subject, Delali creates from the locus of disjuncture, writing through the complexifying tangles of our increasingly globalized world. Themes include diaspora at the intersection with body dysmorphia, alternative facts at the intersection with the production of history, and post-modern romance at the intersection with the World Bank. Her work crosses formal boundaries; as a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan with a degree in creative writing and recipient of a B.A. in cultural anthropology from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, Delali is fluent in poetry, but also utilizes prose and the appropriation of intellectual jargon. She also works across disciplines, actively seeking out collaboration and performance opportunities, having worked with painters, sculptors, jazz musicians, contemporary dancers, filmmakers and other artists in the past. 

Currently, Delali is in the process of writing her first book-length project, an experimental cross-genre nonfiction project that explores her relationships with white men titled Consideration. Consideration includes an assemblage of poetry, prose, citation from personal correspondence and anthropological theory, as well as the odd screenshot from MTV’s reality-television programming roster. 


Delali is a 2011 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, a former artist-in-residence at the National YoungArts Foundation in Miami, Florida, a former associate artist in residence with experimental sound poet Tracie Morris at Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and an attendee of the 2019 Tin House Winter Workshop--with author Hanif Abdurraqib--in Newport, Oregon. In Spring 2019 she was named the inaugural writer-in-residence at the STONELEAF Retreat in Kingston, New York. She has moderated discussion at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, New York as part of their Works & Process series and delivered a closing keynote speech at Americans for the Arts’ 2014 Annual Convention in Nashville, Tennessee. Her work has been published most recently in the Miami Herald, the Miami Rail and online by The Rumpus. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.