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David Ly

David Ly’s poems have been published in print and online literary journals. Ly is a graduate of Simon Fraser University’s Master of Publishing programme. He is the poetry editor at This Magazine and currently lives in Vancouver.


Dream of Me as Water: Poems

Windsor: Anstruther Books, 2022.

Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)

Moving beyond the themes of race, identity, and personhood navigated in Mythical Man, 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. Using water as his central metaphor, Ly meditates on how identity is never a stagnant concept, but instead something that is intangible, fluid, and ever-evolving. Dream of Me as Water revels in the nuances of the self, flouting outside perceptions for deeper, more personal realities.


Mythical Man: Poems

Windsor: Palimpsest Press, 2020.
e-book (Access restricted to members of the university community)

Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)

In Mythical Man, David Ly builds, and then tears down, an army of men in a quest to explore personhood in the 21st century. Tenderness, toxic masculinity, nuances of queer love, and questions of race and identity mix in Ly’s poetry, casting a spell that enters like “a warm tongue on a first date.” Mythical Man is an authentic and accomplished debut.

Poetry (Chapbook)

Stubble Burn

Toronto: Anstruther Press, 2018.


Queer Little Nightmares: An Anthology of Monstrous Fiction and Poetry

Edited by David Ly and Daniel Zomparelli.
Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2022.


Publisher Arsenal Pulp Press

Publisher Anstruther Press

Publisher Palimpsest Press publisher of the Anstruther Books imprint