Poetry Night | Readings with Canadian Poets Laureate

PoetLaureate_PoetryNight2016_Poster-page-001Join us for a feast of poetry: beginning with Youth Spoken Word Performance led by Mississauga’s youth poet laureate: Rebecca Zseder, 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). Each will share with their poems about music, sports, film and life. Chaired by Richard Greene.

Date/Time: Sept 14, 2016 (7-9pm)  door opens 6:30
Place: Central Library in Mississauga, Noel Ryan Auditorium. Save the date, book free tickets now.


The following are our featured poets’ biographies.

georgeGeorge Elliott Clarke: The 4th Poet Laureate of Toronto (2012-15) and the 7th Poet Laureate of Canada (2016-17), George has published 15 revered poetry works, including Whylah Falls (1990), Execution Poems (2001), Blues and Bliss: Selected Poems (2009), and Lasso the WInd: Aurelia’s Poems and Other Verses (2013). His latest book is Gold (2015).

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Marty Gervais is a poet, award-winning journalist, professor and Publisher of one of the oldest Canadian literary presses. He is also poet laureate for Windsor and the author of the Canadian bestseller The Rumrunners.



John B. Lee, Poet Laureate of the city of Brantford in perpetuity and Poet Laureate of Norfolk County for Life is the author of over one hundred books.  His work has appeared internationally in over five hundred publications and he is the recipient of over one hundred prestigious international awards for his writing.  His most recent books include The Full Measure, (Black Moss Press, 2015); Adoration of the Unnecessary, (Beret Days Books, 2016); The Secret Second Language of the Heart, (Sanbun Publishing, 2016) and The Widow’s Land: superstition and farming–a madness of Daughters (Black Moss press, 2016).  He lives in a lake house overlooking Long Point Bay in Port Dover where he works as a full-time author.


photo by Linda Kooluris Dobbs

Richard Greene has received the Governor General’s Literary Award and the National Magazine Award (Gold), both for poetry. His most recent collection is Dante’s House published in 2013. His book Graham Greene: A Life in Letters (2007) was widely praised in the international press, as was his biography of the British poet Edith Sitwell (2011). He is now writing an authorized biography of the novelist Graham Greene. He is director of the MA in the Field of Creative Writing at the University of Toronto.

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Haiku Walking Tour in China Town and My Table Tennis Club

Haiku Walking Tour/Postcard Poems in Mississauga

Match: a poem for Table Tennis by Anna Yin

on Lovingsister online news and culture division website

Join me at the pavilion in the Garden at China Town in Mississauga at 7:00pm -7:10pm on Aug 9:


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The Love Poetry Festival in honour of Milton Acorn & Gwen MacEwen

The Inaugural Love Poetry Festival in honour of Milton Acorn & Gwen MacEwen at Ward’s Island, Toronto on Saturday was a great success. I was proud to be read with Trevor Abes, George Elliott Clarke, Whitney French, Karen Mulhallen, Honey Novick and Robert Priest. Thank Michelle Alfano and George Elliott Clarke for organizing this event with a beautiful venue and Roger Sharp’s music. Here is the link for details. Thanks!

LOVE POETRY FESTIVAL Videos by Henry Martinuk:  First Part | Second Part


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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

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Why Poetry? Answers found in “Measures of Astonishment”


(A refreshing and eclectic mix of both deeply personal and formal essays that offer a glimpse into the minds of some of Canada’s most influential poets: Margaret Atwood, George Elliot Clarke, Anne Carson, Anne Simpson, Tim Lilburn, Marilyn Bowering, A.F. Moritz, Mark Abley, Glen Sorestad, Robert Currie, Don McKay, Lillian Allen, and Gregory Scofield) -Measures of Astonishment” Poets on Poetry
                                         –Qutoes from publisher

From time to time, I wonder “Why Poetry?”… 
After reading a part of the book: Why Poetry (by Margaret Atwood) and Every Exit is an Entrance (A Praise of Sleep) by Anne Carson, I have gotten answers…. thanks!


Glad that two of my new poems:”Family Album” and “Because Of” were published in “Quixotica” in HongKong. This collection of poems is by both award-winning and emerging poets from Hong Kong, Singapore, the Phillippines and beyond, illustrating how Don Quixote continues to inspire and illuminate across oceans and centuries. Good luck to the book launch in HongKong this July.

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My Shape Poem to Celebrate Canada Day!

the red maple (Poem for Canada Day) 2016

view details on Lovingsister.com, thanks.

Join us to celebrate Canada Day! I and our Youth Poet Laureate: Rebecca Zseder each will read a poem during the Official Ceremony.

Mine is a shape poem inspired by the Group of Seven’s paintings: The West Wind, The Red Maple.  I hope to see you at Celebration Square on July 1.  I also wrote A Rite for Mississauga

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Glad to attend the 2016 West Chester Poetry Conference

It was my first time attending the West Chester Poetry Conference. At the beginning, I was surprised to know that a lot of poets have attended it many times. But by witnessing how well-organized and stimulating all the panels and readings were, I too hope to return next year. In addition, there was wonderful food, great music (Yes, Iris DeMent), and fun with hanging out with all kinds of poets and sharing poetry…I made new friends,  workshopped my new manuscript and brought many great books back. Thanks!

2016 West Chester Poetry Conference, with Sir Andrew Motion and Dana Gioia, photo by Gerry Cambridge

2016 West Chester Poetry Conference, with Sir Andrew Motion and Dana Gioia, photo by Gerry Cambridge


Well, well, hanging with poets is fun!

Beyond all the excitement, I was very glad to meet and talk with Sir Andrew Motion, also gave him my translation of one of his poems, The Attic, into Chinese

atticandrewmotionLuckily my photo of Sir Andrew Motion was used by Cynthia Haven for her article for StanforUniversity‘s website: The Book Haven.

Thanks Chinese media for support 

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