I am the Global music critic and a features writer for the Guardian

I am a contributor to the essay collection Haramacy

I publish the newsletter Stop Trying, Start Crying.

My debut poetry collection, Kintsugi: Jazz Poems for Musicians Alive and Dead, is available at ammarkalia.bandcamp.com

I freelance for a range of different publications including BandcampDownbeat, Apple Music, Crack Magazine, The British Library, BBC Proms, Huck MagazineDazed Magazine, Beat MagazineThe Times Literary SupplementClash Magazine, TANK Magazine, The Quietus, HERO MagazineStamp the Wax, Move MagazineHyponik, and London In Stereo


I received the Guardian's Scott Trust Bursary in 2017.

I have led workshops, appeared on panels and spoken at events including the Today in Focus podcast, radio shows on Worldwide FM, Supreme StandardsJazzkaar Festival, Institute of Ideas and EFG London Jazz Festival.

I am currently available for editorial and commercial commissions. Do get in touch: