Story about my name: Anna Yin

AnnaKarenina1To prepare reading for Poetry at the Manor, Windsor’s Poet Laureate Marty Geivais asked us to send him a funny story about ourselves. Although no time to reveal it at the event, I did tell my story to other poets while we chatted at the hotel. and last week got Roger Nash’s email that he now re-read Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina… so here is my story:

My name in Chinese, is not Anna Yin. I picked up the name when I was a student at university. It was nice to have a name in English. Mine is after Anna Karenina since I love the novel and the heroine. Friends joked never throw yourself under a train. Well, both Anna have thrown themselves into troubles. If you google the name, you will find at least three. From time to time, I got emails for the Chess Champion who lives in Los Angeles, seemly she is a churchgoer, a lot of church activities, another one, table dancer, various girls or boys’ invitation to sort of parties…a few years ago, I was a little upset, since the first Anna Yin on the google list was the table dancer… but now, aha it is the poet Anna Yin. So who is real Anna Yin? Hard to say, from the quotes of my poems,I will let you decide.

WingsTowardSunlight_coverSsCircling around the same spot,
we become lonely partners.
Our cover-ups make a silent statement:
yours in white, mine in black,
a Chess game.
from “Masquerade Party” (Wings Toward Sunlight, 2011)

Will I stay or leave? WingsTowardSunlight_coverSs
My skin is thinner,
I battle with the love of sin,
and become sinful.

from “The Sin City” (Seven Nights with the Chinese Zodiac, 2015)

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My New Book and Position as Inaugural Poet Laureate

BMPtransparent_gray280As requested by Black Moss Press, I wrote this and now it is on Black Moss Blog:

When I interviewed Richard Greene about the question: “What do you think poetry is to our modern life?” he replied: “Poetry to our life is like water to fish.” His answer might seem bold and dramatic for some people, but not for me. I can picture myself –the fish … saved by water – poetry. From the very beginning of my poetry journey, I have believed that. Thus I promoted Poetry Alive passionately. I high-profile poets at events that I have hosted for believing that poets deserve more attention since they distill life’s essence and speak for it.   Continue…  and report: Manors in Poeticism by 

And also for my book event’s news release…


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Upcoming events in Toronto, and 905 Road Show


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A great night at Poetry at Manor in Windsor on Nov 12






Reading with poets laureate at Willistead Manor (Thanks Windsor’s Poet Laureate Marty Gervai and the city of Windsor)  Photos by snapd Windsor


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will read In Flanders Fields at the City’s Remembrance Day ceremony

I was requested to read In Flanders Fields at the City’s Remembrance Day ceremony at celebration square on November 11th…

Check this: Leonard Cohen recites “In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae

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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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Thank you Dr. Vivienne Poy

viviennepoy-booklaunch3Dr. Vivienne Poy regrets that she would not be able to attend my book launch and reading for cancer care on Nov 6 at AGM because she is currently in Europe. However she has kindly purchased a copy of the book and asked me to give the proceeds to charity. Thank you Dr. Poy.

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Review of Seven Nights With The Chinese Zodiac by Ron Dart

chinese zodaic book coverSeven Nights With The Chinese Zodiac is Anna Yin at her maturing best. Each poem, like a portal, invites the reader into another sphere and dimension, but the journey to such places
illuminates, in an evocative way, the world of matter and history, the flux and thinness of secular time.

Read more on the online Clarion Journal (Nov 2, 2015)

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CLARKE: Chinese-Canadian poets offer work that’s visionary, fierce

chinese zodaic book coverThank Toronto Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke for reviewing 201506209999_483my book and Chuan Sha’s book. It appeared in the Halifax Chronicle-Herald newspaper on Monday, Sept. 28.

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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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