Poetry and Music at Meadowvale Theater

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More Poetry with Music

Listen to: A Chinese Nightingale


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The Woman in Her House

womanInhousePoemChineseglad to receive an email from a teacher from California who does occasional workshops in China to ask my permission to use my poem: The Woman Within Her House for their project: A Woman’s Journey and my poem would be the third of the small collection, joining Lao Tze and Maya Angelou… Glad to give them my permission for the tour in Shanghai and Dali. <–to check  the Chinese version and review…


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AlPurdyFest #8 is coming soon (Aug 1- 3/ 2014)

PURDYFEST #8: Focus on Pauline Johnson and First Nations Art & History
Everyone is welcome, please check here for more details.

AlPurdyFest #7:LivesayFest Photos/Updates (Aug 3,2013)

Thanks ShiYing for the photos.

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Happy Canada Day!


annayin1sI want to celebrate today as my 15th year living and working in Canada. I want to thank my colleagues in IT field and my fellow poets for writing career.  Here I would like to share a poem requested by CBC Radio for Quiet Zone project last year. I wish we all have a wonderful journey in our life, no matter how busy we are, we can still cherish PEACE. Happy Canada Day!

imagesCASJXN6Freading my poem:

Life Jars

<— listen to the poem

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Glad to be invited to attend those wonderful poetry events


  • Glad to be invited to read at Tree Reading Series in Ottawa (May 26, 2015)Tree Reading Series have hosted many fine Canadian poets’ readings. I am honored to receive the invitation. Thanks a lot!

For photos and videos of my previous reading at Parliament Hill in Ottawa, please check here.


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《作别向日葵/Farewell to Sunflowers》- story behind

sunflowerwell, people want to know my story…so here again after explaining to friends in China: in 2007 when I hesitated to give up my dream:writing poetry, i thought of sunflowers by Vincent van Gogh and wrote this poem, then I understood how sad I was.and decided not quit…here is the poem that was published in my book “Wings Toward Sunlight” ( Mosaic Press 2011)

Farewell to Sunflowers

A million arrows are aimed at the sky,
yet the sun still not shot down.
Glancing back,
their golden faces are soaked with tears.
Mourning grasses
grow wild upon my eyes,
burn flames in the wind.

Those duckweeds and swimming fish,
those floating clouds and breezes
are far behind.

In turning, I lose my way
and feel the lotus core in pieces.
With arrows sifting through my hand,
I see sunset in crimson.

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Thank Ms. Shi for her wonderful interview



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Thanks Rice Paper Magazine for featuring my poetry / Thanks Tree for an invitation

photo19.1 features an exclusive interview with Olivia Chow and fresh new content from Philip Huynh, Lydia Kwa, Ronald Acuna, Changming Yuan, Anna Yin, Emily Chou, Katherine Luo, Aaron Chan, Sherry Wong, Marie Musuki Mockett and Sally Ito…   Big thanks to Rice Paper! )

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glad to win the Established Literary Arts Award at the 2014 MARTYs!

award1MAC celebrated the diversity in art with amazing global performers from Mississauga on May 8, 2014.  More details


Here is my speech clip at the Award Night.  And thanks ShiYing for wonderful photos.

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re-introduce Poetry to schools: Poetry Alive Program| Poets in Schools

Upcoming events

April 29, 2014 Poetry Alive at Francis Libermann school for Poets in Schools program (thanks for inviting me back and their feedback  in 2013. And they told me that my 2014′s was even better!  Thanks)

Hear the CBC Radio: In praise of poetry

High school students from across the country are reciting poetry. They’re doing it in French, in English and sometimes both. Find out why.

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The Floating City /漂浮的城市





So many years, still you live in that city.
Your orchard has bloomed, blessed with fruits.
Your roots must have grown deep;
I’ve heard          you have been happy.

So many years, still I am the wandering
moon, far and away into other courses.
Some nights        I have dropped by
and watched a sad face in your mirror;

You might see or not
along with a long long river.

The fallen leaves, east winds picked up
and blown into you, now are in my mirror.
I guess I have my whispers there
and take some to write poems
so winters would brighten up.

So many years, in my mirror
there are suns, rains and moons.
There also is carried the city that you live in.

I might have forgotten many things;
I think winds do remember them.
When they are blown into my garden,
I cup each and think of
that night’s moon, and the city that floats.








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Athletes’ Journey – A Review of Debbie Okun Hill’s “Tarnished Trophies” (Black Moss Press 2014)

debBookI am sitting in the gym of the University of Alberta, watching the 2014 Canadian Table Tennis Games. Between games, I open Debbie Okun Hill’s “Tarnished Trophies”. This is Mrs. Hill’s first collection of poetry. It paints a picture of the athletic soul through the light and shade of the sports world. Around me, I can hear the cheers near and far and ping pong balls bouncing back and forth. Her poems “It Starts Here” and “Hockey Parent Pilgrimage”, perfectly resonate with my memory of my son’s athletic journey. I still remember when we drove through storms to other cities for basketball tournaments. Like each athlete’s family in her book, we too have experienced the excitement of winning and the sorrow of losing. We have witnessed the players fighting through ups and downs, between hope and despair, and “wondering how long this practice…will last” and where the “go-go-gold” leads… when “slithering snakes on patrol\ready to trip the weakest warriors”. This book not only visualizes the tough practice of both body and mind, but also reflects on the sacrifice of the family. An athlete’s journey becomes the family’s journey, full of sweat and tears, brimming with cheers and faith. From “Thirst for First” to “The Finish Line”, each mind races with ticks of the watch, each stretching with longing for every golden moment…yet there is silence falling “At the Click of a Stopwatch”, there is a dilemma to find an end at “This is Where it Ends”.

Debbie Okun Hill cleverly unfolds her poems in a reasonable sequence and groups them into three sessions: “Training”, “Building Muscle” and “Hitting Home”. It begins with “It Starts Here” and “Thirst for First”. It ends with “The Finish Line” and “This is Where it Ends”. In most of her poems, Mrs. Hill uses short lines with irregular meter and that pattern continues to the end, which not only reflects the intense, dynamic and unpredictable outcome of the sports world, but also implies the demand for the persistence of athletic spirit for each sport. “So those who are last will be first, /and those who are first will be last.” The book “Tarnished Trophies” brings readers deep thoughts about what truly we look for from the sports world, what will last till the end and whether it is worthy. When I explore her poetic imagination and her probing mind, I watch out and think not only about my son’s games but also about what they lead to.


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