Why Poetry? Answers found in “Measures of Astonishment”


(A refreshing and eclectic mix of both deeply personal and formal essays that offer a glimpse into the minds of some of Canada’s most influential poets: Margaret Atwood, George Elliot Clarke, Anne Carson, Anne Simpson, Tim Lilburn, Marilyn Bowering, A.F. Moritz, Mark Abley, Glen Sorestad, Robert Currie, Don McKay, Lillian Allen, and Gregory Scofield) -Measures of Astonishment” Poets on Poetry
                                         –Qutoes from publisher

From time to time, I wonder “Why Poetry?”… 
After reading a part of the book: Why Poetry (by Margaret Atwood) and Every Exit is an Entrance (A Praise of Sleep) by Anne Carson, I have gotten answers…. thanks!


Glad that two of my new poems:”Family Album” and “Because Of” were published in “Quixotica” in HongKong. This collection of poems is by both award-winning and emerging poets from Hong Kong, Singapore, the Phillippines and beyond, illustrating how Don Quixote continues to inspire and illuminate across oceans and centuries. Good luck to the book launch in HongKong this July.

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Join us for the Love Poetry Festival in honour of Milton Acorn & Gwen MacEwen

LovePoetry-8 5x11Join us for Love Poetry Festival in honour of Milton Acorn & Gwen MacEwen at Ward’s Island, Toronto on Saturday, August 6th (1:30-4pm) with
Trevor Abes
George Elliott Clarke
James Deahl & Norma West Linder
Whitney French
Karen Mulhallen
Honey Novick
Robert Priest
Anna Yin

MC: Michelle Alfano

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My Shape Poem to Celebrate Canada Day!

the red maple (Poem for Canada Day) 2016

view details on Lovingsister.com, thanks.

Join us to celebrate Canada Day! I and our Youth Poet Laureate: Rebecca Zseder each will read a poem during the Official Ceremony.

Mine is a shape poem inspired by the Group Seven’s paintings: The West Wind, The Red Maple.  I hope to see you at Celebration Square on July 1.  I also wrote A Rite for Mississauga

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Glad to attend the 2016 West Chester Poetry Conference

It was my first time attending the West Chester Poetry Conference. At the beginning, I was surprised to know that a lot of poets have attended it many times. But by witnessing how well-organized and stimulating all the panels and readings were, I too hope to return next year. In addition, there was wonderful food, great music (Yes, Iris DeMent), and fun with hanging out with all kinds of poets and sharing poetry…I made new friends,  workshopped my new manuscript and brought many great books back. Thanks!

2016 West Chester Poetry Conference, with Sir Andrew Motion and Dana Gioia, photo by Gerry Cambridge

2016 West Chester Poetry Conference, with Sir Andrew Motion and Dana Gioia, photo by Gerry Cambridge


Well, well, hanging with poets is fun!

Beyond all the excitement, I was very glad to meet and talk with Sir Andrew Motion, also gave him my translation of one of his poems, The Attic, into Chinese

atticandrewmotionLuckily my photo of Sir Andrew Motion was used by Cynthia Haven for her article for StanforUniversity‘s website: The Book Haven.

Thanks Chinese media for support 

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New poems, new books and Poetry Alive workshop

2016-Poet-ALive-workshop-allOn May 20, I had Poetry Alive workshop at Francis Libermann school (Toronto) . It was the fourth time to visit the school. The teachers and students were very glad to have me there. They liked my Poetry Alive workshop very much and bought my books. Now they have “Wings Toward Sunlight”, “Inhaling the Silence” and “Seven Nights with the Chinese Zodiac”. They had “Inhaling…” before and prepared some questions but we didn’t have time for haiku and the Q/A section. Maybe next time… Thanks!

Glad to know my class for Magic Monday at Visual Arts Mississauga is full. Looking forward to meeting all of you and write and share poems together on June 6,2016


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Updated news for poetry and the National Youth Arts Week

For National Youth Arts Week, I was glad to have Poetry Alive presentations as following:

  • May 2, 2016:  Poetry Alive for  Rebel Week at Central Library
  • May 3/4, 2016  Poets in Schools at Dewey College
  • May 5, 2016  Poets in Schools at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Secondary School
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The Road of Poetry Power (National Poetry Month Event)

10Here we celebrate National Poetry Month with featured poets Ian Williams, Alexandra Oliver, Claudia RadMore, Max Layton and Anna Yin.  In poetry and music, together we explore the road of possibility and power. MC: Brent Wood and Chelsea Tao. Music by Mark Harry, Arlene Paculan and Selene Xu. The Canadian Parliamentary Poet 2Laureate George Elliott Clarke joined us as well. Thank Gary Gu for taking photos

There was Open mic then a haiku workshop led by Claudia RadMore provided a special treat for people to discover the fun of haiku. Thank you all for coming. Thank the League of Canadian Poets and Mississauga city.

Read a report by John Stewart on Mississauga News for this event. (Big thanks to John)

Read a report in Chinese on 姐妹网 (Thanks Yafang Shi)

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Reviews of Anna Yin’s Seven Nights with the Chinese Zodiac

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Poetry Alive workshops and Haiku Walking Tour

school2016girlsguideGlad to have  Poetry Alive (Poets in Schools) at Dolphin Public School (Mississauga), 
at Girl Guides (Mississauga) and Agincourt Collegiate Institute (Toronto)

Glad to have Haiku Walking Tour/workshop:

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Haiku Walking Tour – photos and haiku

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Thank you all for supporting my book launch and reading for cancer care

We had a great night last night. The music was beautiful, the poetry was stunning, the arts were amazing. The people are great. Thank you all. Thanks staff of AGM for their ingenious help. Thanks all performers and people for their generosity. We had 30 copies of my books sold and raised $510 and all the money will be donated to local cancer care at Trillium Health Partners. ( Thanks Mississauga News, CCNews, LovingsistersRogers TV, SNAP North, 星星生活 etc.)

Here are photos by ShiYing and Gary Gu. Thanks them for the great shots. Check more

a few short videos are online now




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interviews from Mississauga News, the Toronto Star and more


the Star’s interview

Thank John Steward for interviewing me. Here is his interview on Mississauga News: Laureate’s mission is to bring poetry to the people

Thanks Tara Deschamps from the Star to interview me and report the interview on the Toronto Star:Mississauga’s first poet laureate pens poems to city.


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How Poet Lorna Crozier and Her Cat Inspired My Poetry



Read it in Chinese (中文报道).

Read it in English on Black Moss Press


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UTM Summer Writing School is ready for Mississauga’s writers

2I am glad to share that we have UTM Summer Writing School now.  These five courses (Poetry/Fiction/more) are credits toward the Creative Writing Certificate.  I remember six years ago I needed to travel to downtown Toronto to take the courses. Now it is open for registration here!  Limited spaces. 

I am glad to teach Poetry Alive.  My goal is to inspire people to find their own talents and to discover a deeper understanding and appreciation of life through reading and writing poetry. Here is my course outline, please  register for the course here or email me (anna.yin@gmail.com) for more information.

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