David Ly is a writer, editor, and poet.


David is the author of Mythical Man, Dream of Me as Water, and co-editor of Queer Little Nightmares: An Anthology of Monstrous Fiction and Poetry.


Mythical Man

In Mythical Man, David Ly builds, and then tears down, an army of men in a quest to explore personhood in the 21st century.

Dream of Me as Water

David Ly’s second book of poetry, Dream of Me as Water, explores ways of being that are not beholden to the expectations of others.

Queer Little Nightmares: An Anthology of Monstrous Fiction and Poetry

A deliciously dark and charmingly camp anthology co-edited Daniel Zomparelli.

Best Canadian Poetry 2021

Guest-edited by Souvankham Thammavongsa, published by Biblioasis.

a fine. collection, vol. I

A print extension of the long running, Vancouver-based live interdisciplinary event fine.

Stubble Burn

David Ly’s first-ever chapbook publication.

News & Events

  • Re-imagining Your Mythologies

    Re-imagining Your Mythologies

    Whether you love to write with imagery, or would want to imbue more of it into your poems, this workshop will be guide you through discussions, close-readings,… Read more “Re-imagining Your Mythologies” Read more

  • Review: Queer Little Nightmares in Discorder Magazine

    Review: Queer Little Nightmares in Discorder Magazine

    Fred O. Beeby reviews Queer Little Nightmares for Discorder. This collection takes the form of a menagerie of oddities, creatures, and strange things which go bump in… Read more “Review: Queer Little Nightmares in Discorder Magazine” Read more

  • Review: Dream of Me as Water in The Fiddlehead

    Review: Dream of Me as Water in The Fiddlehead

    Amber McMillan reviews Dream of Me as Water for The Fiddlehead. David Ly’s latest poetry collection is an exacting, linguistic dreamscape…Dream of Me as Water is a current,… Read more “Review: Dream of Me as Water in The Fiddlehead” Read more

  • Interview: Vallum Magazine

    Interview: Vallum Magazine

    Poet Jake Byrne interviewed David about his new book, Dream of Me as Water, in late 2022. Read more

  • LiterAsian 2023 Festival

    LiterAsian 2023 Festival

    On May 6 & 7, I will be a part of two events for the 2023 run of LiterAsian, based in Vancouver, B.C. Click the links below… Read more “LiterAsian 2023 Festival” Read more

  • Review: Mythical Man in DVAN

    Review: Mythical Man in DVAN

    Vietnamese-American writer and poet Baonguyen Huynh Nguyen reviews Mythical Man for DVAN. What is clear in David Ly’s Mythical Man is that his use and abandonment of Western tropes,… Read more “Review: Mythical Man in DVAN” Read more


ECW Press BIPOC Writers Mentorship Program

Work with David through ECW Press’ BIPOC Mentorship Program:

Manuscript Consultations through Simon Fraser University

Receive feedback on 20 pages of poetry through SFU’s Continuing Studies:


To get in touch, please fill out the form below and I will reply as soon as I can. I’m available for festival appearances, readings, panels, classroom visits, workshops, and jurying writing contests. At this time, I am only able to take on paid work.

If you are a Canadian high school or elementary school teacher and would like to arrange a classroom visit (virtual or in-person), please request a visit from me through the Poetry in Voice organization: poetryinvoice.ca. Teachers must create a (free) account prior to requesting visits, and Poetry in Voice will cover my visit fee.

Thank you!