Photo by Gabby Laurent
Photo: Gabby Laurent

I’m a writer based in Los Angeles. For magazines, I’ve written about China’s art-themed malls, Brazil’s forgotten architecture, LA’s mega-mansions, insta-museums, hypebeast dentists, literary frenemies, and more. Recently, I’ve been screenwriting for film and TV shows like Channel Zero on Syfy.

My byline appears in places like Artforum, Vogue, V magazine, Wallpaper*,  Poetry Foundation, Tin House, the Guardian, GQ, the New York Times, Condé Nast Traveler, and more.

From 2017 to 2018 I was a contributing writer at W. Before that I worked as an editor at Aperture Foundation and at Artnews. I previously lived in China and in Brazil, and often write from and about both places. (Eu ainda posso trabalhar em Português. 现在我的中文不太好.) Sometimes I work on brand strategy as well as editorial projects for startups and galleries.

I graduated from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism with honors. I’ve been awarded a fellowship from the Sacatar Institute in Salvador, Brazil; prizes from the American Academy of Poets; and have spoken at UC Irvine, the Goethe–Institut, and the Poetry Foundation. Last year, I was a finalist for the inaugural edition of Imagine Impact, Imagine Entertainment’s screenwriting accelerator program.

If you’d like me to write for you, get in touch via my contact page. I also go by Ali.