will be at the 2017 West Chester University Poetry Conference

Thank you the West Chester University for inviting me back and coordinate three poetry events at the 2017 West Chester University Poetry Conference. There will many wonderful workshops, readings and fun events with fine food and wine etc.  For details, please check the website and 2016’s video clip.  I was so glad to attend it in 2016. You can read my short report for that.

Looking forward to seeing many of you at the event in 2017.

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Join us at Haiku Workshop for the Mississauga Friendship Association

haikuI was invited to host a haiku workshop for the Mississauga Friendship Association on Jan 19, 2017. 

 6:30-8:30pm in committee room (2nd floor) at the civic centre (300 City Centre Dr, Mississauga).  Everyone is welcome.

———————Here are three haiku for the cross-cultural friendship——–

city crane taichi


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Thank you teachers for bringing to our province Poets in Schools!

Poetry Alive and Poets In Schools

Poetry Alive and Poets In Schools

After the holidays, schools in Ontario will resume. As the Ontario Representative for the League of Canadian Poets, I want to thank you and all the schools who participated in our 2015-2016 season of Poets in the Schools! We appreciate all the teachers invited poets to their classes. To find out more about how you can bring a poet to your school, visit Poets in the Schools.

As a Poet in Schools, I am very glad that my Poetry Alive workshops have received wonderful feedback. I thank you all for inviting me and looking forward to seeing you in 2017.
Here is a 2-minute video introduction to my Poetry Alive Workshops.


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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!



photo by Peter Lin

I was invited to speak about the Eastern and Western Cultural Exchanging at DaYa Culture 10th anniversary in Toronto at CPAC hall on Dec 17, 2016. Here I share a 3-minute video of my activities about bilingual poetry writing and translation, organizing Chinese and Canadian poetry reading, and Poetry Alive workshops etc.

Thank you all for help and support in the past. I hope to continue these activities in 2017.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Works by Seven Poets Laureate with translations in Chinese

poetsA special issue of Works by Seven Poets Laureate (Sir Andrew Motion, Dana Gioia, George Elliott Clarke, Alice Major, John B. Lee, Marty Gervais and Anna Yin) with translations in Chinese (七位北美桂冠诗人作品欣赏) spreads among Chinese communities globally on WeChat platform. 


Other news: Two of my new poems in Chinese (借來的故事/一式兩份)were published in TaiWan The Epoch Poetry Quarterly


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2017 Haiku Canada Conference in Mississauga

haikuCanadaThe next annual Haiku Canada Weekend will be held at UTM (University of Toronto, Mississauga campus) May 19-21, 2017, in Mississauga, Ontario, hosted by Anna Yin (Mississauga’s Inaugural Poet Laureate) and nick avis.

haikuconferenceConference highlights:

Book launch of the conference anthology (editors: Claudia Radmore and Marco Fraticelli) This launch will involve memories, and stories from our collective past.  Plus many more individual book launches. Check Book Group launch request /detail updates/

Book launch of Erotic Anthology, Black Moss Press (editors: George Swede and Terry Ann Carter)

Anonymous workshops (hosted by nick avis and Terry Ann Carter) plus a surprise from nick

Homage to Eric Amann (a panel hosted by George Swede) 

guest appearances by Parliamentary Poet Laureate: George Elliott Clarke, and Toronto poet Giovanna Riccio

Readings, silent auction, books for sale and more surprises. Please join us for a great birthday party!

Registration, accommodation,(banquet at the UTM Faculty Club), available on www.haikucanada.org. Hope to see you there.

–from Haiku Canada (2016)

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Poetry Alive-Haiku Workshops in Mississauga, Sarnia and Ottawa

We had wonderful haiku workshops in Mississauga and Ottawa. Thanks Ontario Arts Council and Mississauga.Check the report/photos  for our Haiku workshop in Mississauga on Sept 10 on SnapD.

Read haiku for Lambton College in Sarnia


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Another great night for Poetry at the Manor in Windsor


photo by Steven Kriemadis

Each year, Marty Gervais teams up with Windsor’s City’s Cultural Affairs Office to present Poetry at the Manor, an intimate evening of poetry and storytelling at Willistead Manor. This year was another success with 5 poets laureate from across Canada to read to Windsor audiences.


Photo by Steven Kriemadis

(With Micheline Maylor , Gerry Hill, Yvonne Yvonne Blomer, Kimberly Fahner, Marty Gervais and Alicia Labbe)

So glad to read at this great event on Oct 27, 2016. (My other visits in Windsor:
The great event at Manor in 2015
2013 Windsor BookFest

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Glad for my poems in Chinese exhibiting in Shanghai, China






Thanks to artists in Shanghai and Hongkong for selecting my poems in Chinese to display in Shanghai, China “【诗歌展】上海日常之美诗歌展隆重开幕”

… One of them is “Still Life” in Chinese (靜物). Friends in Shanghai can go to the exhibition center to take a look. I never thought poetry could be displayed like this, simple yet beautiful.

In 2013, “Still Life” was selected for Poetry in Transit in Canada to display on buses in 13 cities across Canada.

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Poets in Schools at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Secondary School

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Anna Yin at St. Joan of Arc C.S.S


Marty Gervais at St. Joan of Arc C.S.S


John B. Lee at St. Joan of Arc C.S.S






A short summary of the event by  Paula Nevins on Sept 22 

St. Joan of Arc’s grade 12 English students were treated to a morning of poetry on September 15, 2016. The morning began with a Poetry Alive workshop with Mississauga’s First Poet Laureate, Anna Yin. Students learned about Anna’s winding path to becoming a poet and also got to flex their own poetic muscles with a bit of their own writing. Next, Ms. Yin was joined by two more poet laureates: Marty Gervais of Waterloo, and John B. Lee of Brantford and Norfolk County. The three poets amused and entertained students with personal stories of how their poems came into existence, and reading samplings of their published poems. The session was capped off by the three poets engaging in a “theme battle” wherein students got to pick a theme and the poets each got to respond with a resonant poem from their “arsenal.” Students were left with a memorable impression of the vivid presence of inspiration and poetry all around them, as long as they have the eyes with which to see it and the tools to capture the essence in words.

Paula Nevins
St. Joan of Arc C.S.S.
Department Head of English, ESL & Library

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Poetry Night | Readings with Canadian Poets Laureate

photo by Paul Damaso

Thank you all for this special night. It began with Youth Spoken Word Performance and followed by a round robin reading by four poets laureate: Marty Geivais (Windsor), John. B. Lee (Brantford), George Elliott Clarke (National) and Anna Yin (Mississauga). Chaired by Richard Greene.  (Read our featured poets’ biographies)

We thank the Culture Division of Mississauga and the League of Canadian Poets for supports. Read Mississauga News  and respond to us: Does Poetry matter?   read more…


Thank ShiYing for taking wonderful photos.

Here is a link for a part of videos at the event.  See you next time!

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Three poems by Dana Gioia, translated by Anna Yin

 Dana Gioia and Anna Yin at the 2016 West Chester Poetry Conference

at the 2016 West Chester Poetry Conference with Dana Gioia

Dana Gioia is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning poet. Former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Gioia received a B.A. and a M.B.A. from Stanford University and an M.A. in Comparative Literature from Harvard University. Gioia currently serves as the Poet Laureate of California.

I was very grateful for a scholarship to attend the 2016 West Chester Poetry Conference and met Sir Andrew Motion, Dana Gioia and many other fine poets. I was touched by Dana’s poems that he wrote for his first son who died very young. Here is one of them. With Dana’s permission, I translated three of his poems.



Echo of the clocktower, footstep
in the alleyway, sweep
of the wind sifting the leaves.

Jeweller of the spiderweb, connoisseur
of autumn’s opulence, blade of lightning
harvesting the sky.

Keeper of the small gate, choreographer
of entrances and exits, midnight
whisper travelling the wires.

Seducer, healer, deity or thief,
I will see you soon enough—
in the shadow of the rainfall,

in the brief violet darkening a sunset—
but until then I pray watch over him
as a mountain guards its covert ore

and the harsh falcon its flightless young.

(The Wartburg Choir, “Prayer” by Morten Lauridsen, poem by Dana Gioia)








Translated by Anna Yin

Other two poems:

Check more Anna’s translations

Watch California’s Poet Laureate Dana Gioia in Conversation with Kay Ryan


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read my poems to celebrate Triple J’s 10th anniversary at City Hall Tower

2016_11_20_9999_268Thank Triple J Canada for inviting me to read my poems to celebrate their 10th anniversary at  City Hall Tower in Mississauga. Congratulations on their success. (photos by ShiYing)




Here is the short poetry video as the background.

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