Richard Ali is a lawyer, poet, and author of the novel City of Memories (Black Palms, 2012). He is active in African literary circles and is a member of the Executive of the Association of Nigerian Authors, a member of the board of the Kampala-based Babishai Niwe Poetry Foundation, and a member of the Nairobi-based Jalada Writers Collective. He has attended various workshops and has served as editor of Sardauna Magazine and of the Sentinel Nigeria magazine.
Richard completed a 6-week Residency at the Ebedi Writers Residency Program in 2012, attended the Chimamanda Adichie-led Farafina Workshop in 2012 and was a Guest at the 2013 Ake Book and Arts Festival, Abeokuta. He also was a participant in the GRANTA-British Council New Writing workshop held in Nairobi in 2013.
He co-founded Parrésia Publishers Ltd in 2012 and presently practices law in Abuja, Nigeria.