Our Stories-co-creating upcoming workshops

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This project encourages participants to express and present their stories through poetic reflection and computer arts; creating a cultural awareness in the wider society.  It will have three parts. Each part is composed of several workshops with specific themes.  At workshops, short videos are used, personal items, cultural images, photos with haiku, shape poems, other writing exercises and computer arts are provided and created.  I will invite guest artists to join us for these artistic processes and share their experiences and expertise. Thank our partners: CPAC, HSK and CCNEWS. Thank OAC for the grant.

 

city-certificate-poetlaureateThe above shape poem: The Red Maple was written to celebrate 2016 Canada Day  in Mississauga. I was glad that the city appointed me for the first Poet Laureate in 2015 and supported many of my poetry projects for the city. Now happily received this from our city and Mayor Bonnie Crombie.

Thanks CCNEWS  for coverage & video interview 

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My honor to have a poem featured in this week’s Poetry Sunday column for Women’s Voices for Change

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“My Father’s Temple” at The Parliamentary Poet Laureate site

My honor to have this poem: My Father’s Temple as the poem of Sept at The Parliamentary Poet Laureate site. Thanks  the 7th Parliamentary Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke.

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2017 West Chester University Poetry Conference

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No. 5 Poetry E-zine introducing six poets from West Chester University Poetry Conference

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2017snapI had a great time at both 2016 and 2017 West Chester University Poetry Conference. It gave me a great opportunity to meet many fine poets. I was happy to translate some works by them into Chinese. I also had fun to host three poetry events at Poetry House for 2017 conference and busy with many events and workshops.  I signed up for Molly Peacock’s workshop and learnt a lot. Thank Sam Gwynn, Molly Peacock, and all of you.

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Thank you teachers for bringing Poets in Schools!

poetryalive1Another great time at Dolphin Public School (Mississauga), Agincourt Collegiate Institute (Toronto) and Francis Libermann School (Toronto) for Poetry Alive workshops.  Thank our wonderful teachers and librarians for bringing poets to schools.

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at Dolphin Public School for Poetry Alive workshops

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at Agincourt Collegiate Institute

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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Glad to host the 2017 Haiku Canada Conference at UTM

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The 2017 Haiku Canada Weekend was successfully held at UTM (University of Toronto, Mississauga campus) May 19-21, 2017. More than 50 haiku poets from across Canada attended this event; there were also poets from Japan and the USA. Most of them have been writing haiku for 20 years or more and many of them have become

day1hcf3laugh1hcf5hcf1hcf2group_25friends because of their mutual passion. They were glad to welcome new haiku lovers and support Anna Yin, first-time attendee and host.

To open the night, Anna showed a special short film about Mississauga which she had prepared to welcome guests to the city. She also invited them to explore the city and write about it during their visit. Next, co-host Nick Avis, a prominent poet from Newfoundland stirred up a thoughtful and dynamic discussion with his presentation: “What is Haiku?” The following member anthology: “Wordless: Haiku Canada 40 Years of Haiku” round robin reading illustrated the beauty of the art of haiku. Jacquie Pearce’s “The Vancouver Haiku Group in Dr. Sun Yat-sen Garden” presented how photo of garden worked with three-line poetry. Later the same night, a Renku party lit up a sleepless night.

The next day, exciting activities continued. These included “anonymous workshops” by nick avis and Terry Ann Carter where heated debates about how and what to edit were engaged in. “Memories of Haiku Canada” by Emiko Miashita of Japan resonated with many member’s recollections. Then individual book launches brought rich cultural heritage and various styles to the meeting.  The banquet for the 40th Haiku Canada birthday party was a great success and filled with shared anecdotes that brought many tears and laughter!

The weekend ended with a book launch of “Erotic Haiku of Skin on Skin” anthology published by Black Moss Press and other dynamic enjoyable activities. After affectionate goodbyes, many poets expressed the desire to attend next year’s conference at Quebec Bishops university.

Photos by Pearl Pirie and more can be viewed (a link of photos). The group photo by Eudoro Unitec. Thank Lynne Jambor for the beautiful name tags, Jessica Tremblay for Old Pond Comic book and many people for your help and support. Looking forward to seeing you again.

You can listento to Pearl Pirie‘s The radio show episode on Haiku Canada Conference 

 

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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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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

No 5: 西切斯特大学诗歌大会六位美国诗人作品分享

 

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AlieNation: Multicultural Poetry Reading at Congress Conference

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Sponsored by ACQL (Association for Canadian and Quebec Literatures) and the League of Canadian Poets.

Congress Multicultural Multilingual Poetry Reading

We celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary through poems by writers born in 8 different countries: Diana Manole (Romania/Canada), Jeevan Bhagwat (Trinidad/Canada), David Brême (France/Canada), Pamela Mordecai (Jamaica/Canada), Renée von Paschen (Canada), Maša Torbica (Croatia/Canada), Anna Yin (China/Canada), Bänoo Zan (Iran/Canada).
 
AlieNation: Performing Canada as “New Canadian” Poets
Saturday, May 27, 2017   4:00 – 6:00 pm
Room 210, Victoria Building,  Ryerson University
350 Victoria St, Toronto  
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