Ava Balis

Ava Balis is an emerging Canadian author, poet, and artist based in Ottawa. Her work primarily explores such themes as mental health and wellness, self-love, and relationships. With a passion for creative expression and using creativity for connection between others, Ava is the founder and editor at Riza Press.

Have You Ever Been Mine?
– A Letter to my Body

These poems were written and compiled throughout 2018, emerging unintentionally out of a series of introspection-provoking experiences. The writing of this collection sparked in Ava Balis a love for expression through poetry; and between its first draft to its publication, Balis has compiled a poetry anthology, titled “Mosaic” (published in April 2019), and founded Riza Press in May 2019. believing creativity is an essential human expression, she works to promote art in any shape and form through making publishing more accessible and helping creators reach a public audience more easily. Through Riza’s publications and annual poetry and art journal, she hopes to help others find the same solace in creative expression that she has found.