Fuel for Fire: Professional Development for Writers of Colour and Mississauga Youth Poetry Slam

PoetryyouthInk Movement Mississauga will present the 3rd Annual Youth Poetry Slam!  Time to sign up!

I was invited to be a judge again. See you all soon!



Fuel for Fire-Professional Development

Glad to be a panelist to discuss about Networking and community building for Fuel for Fire: Professional Development for Writers of Colour.  Thank you OAC.


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On Poetry and Truth in a Post-Truth World

truthInslantI was invited to write about Post Truth by the Puritan Magazine, so here it is, thanks Natalie Wee and The Puritan Magazine @thepuritan


Thanks Mayor Crombie’s World Poetry Day’s Twitter

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World Poetry Day! celebrating poetry with good news

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Thank you teachers for bringing Poets in Schools!

Another great time at Dolphin Public School for Poetry Alive workshop.  Looking forward to seeing students again. Thank you -the wonderful teachers: Maria Godoy and Chris Vanellis for bringing poets to your school.

Poetry Alive and Poets In Schools

Poetry Alive and Poets In Schools


at Dolphin Public School for Poetry Alive workshops

The above is a 2-minute video introduction to my Poetry Alive Workshop.  To find out how to apply for funding to bring poets in schools, please check: http://poets.ca/pits/


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Poetry Alive workshops for Leadership Club

Anna has shared poems and personal stories that focus on discovering life lessons about how to overcome language and cultural challenges, make peace in mind and live an enrich life. There were short videos, photos with haiku, shape poems, ice breaking and words game and discussions. So glad to see each of us learns with joy and explores many possibilities.
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Upcoming events:

  • March 3/6:  Poetry Alive at Dolpin Public School (Mississauga)
  • March 5, 2017: Judge for 4th Annual Absolutely Fabulous Women Awards
  • March 8, 2017: Judge for Poetry in Voice competition at St. Joan of Arc
  • March 8, 2017: Mentor at ConnectHer event at the Living Arts Centre in recognition of International Women’s Day.
  • March 25, 2017: Panel participation at Fuel for Fire: Toronto Reference Library
  • March 31, 2017: Judge for Ink Movement Poetry Slam at Rogers Theatre
  • April 6, 2017: Haiku class visit at Mississauga Valley Library
  • April 8, 2017: Poetry for All Time at Churchill Meadows Library (2-4)
  • April 12, 2017: Reading (Artful Aging Week|Port Credit Retirement Home)
  • April 22, 2017: Reading in Toronto (1-5 pm)
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poetry by six Governor General’s Literary Awards winners

tran3No 3 issue for Chinese/English Poetry Zine:  Anna Yin (星子安娜)’s translations of works by six Governor General’s Literary Awards winners (Patricia Kathleen Page, Milton Acorn,George Elliott Clarke, Rosenblatt Joe, Richard Greene, Al Purdy)

No 2:七位海内外诗人双语作品分享

No 1: 七位北美桂冠诗人作品欣赏 (Works by Seven Poets Laureate with translations in Chinese)

No 4: 六位海峡两岸诗人诗作介绍


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More poetry Alive workshops for Poets In Schools program




At Agincourt Collegiate, photo by Paul Keramedes, Thanks!

I conduct Poetry Alive workshops not only to teach poetry, but also to discover life lessons. On Feb 2, at Agincourt Collegiate, students and I engaged in the exercises: “Who am I?” and “The Trouble with…”. I want to thank Mr. Thomas and his Grade 11 and 12 students for joining with me in these workshops and sharing what they wrote.

On Feb 24, I will be a Judge for Poem/Speech Competition at St. Jude’s Academy. On March 8, I will mentor at ConnectHer event. Feel free to join us.

On Feb 26, Poetry Alive workshop for Leadership Club at CPAC, then on March 3/9, for Dolphin Sr. Public School 



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will be at the 2017 West Chester University Poetry Conference

2017 Poetry Conference Poster1-page-001Thank West Chester University for inviting me back to coordinate three poetry events at the 2017 West Chester University Poetry Conference. There will have 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 be there in 2016. You can read my short report for that.

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

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2017 Haiku Canada Conference in Mississauga

The 2017 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

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 and 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, haik ucanada agenda 2017, accommodation,(banquet at the UTM Faculty Club), available on www.haikucanada.orgRegistration Form.  

Things to see/do in Mississauga, please check Mississauga’s feature_visitor_guidewebsite: Discover Mississauga  | a quick view

Hope to see you at 2017 Haiku Canada Conference.

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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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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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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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