Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day… old and new poems for my father. My Father’s Family Tree won awards, Last Temple was the poem of Sept at The Parliamentary Poet Laureate site in 2017. Thanks the 7th Parliamentary Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke. father1father1 father2MARTYs Finalists Literary Arts Estab 2

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An evening with Anna Yin at Aurora Public Library

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In 2019, we had Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice- at Aurora Public Library… here are some great photos for Aurora library… Thanks.group5


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Mirrors and Windows – On Guernica Editions and Amazon sites!

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2021 GUE Fall Catalogue is ready!  If you would like to receive a review copy, please contact me or my publisher! 

Pre-order is available:  
at Guernica Editions. 
also at amazon site

Looking forward to the book launch in Oct, 2021.


Here is a video to introduce the book.

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George Elliott Clarke Presents 5 Poets Breaking into Song

5 POETS BREAKING INTO SONG (2)A night with poetry, music and songs by 5 poets, 4 composers and 2 singers with former Canadian Poet Laureate and wide audience!

The Poets: Ayesha Chatterjee, Giovanna Riccio,Lisa Richter,Andrea  Thompson, Anna Yin
The Composers, Singers, & Pianist: Emily Hiemstra, David Jaeger, Juliet Palmer,James Rolfe, Karen Usha, Gao Yuan, Mark Harry,
Hosts: George Elliott Clarke and Yang Wang 
Thank Sponsors: George Elliott ClarkeLeague of Canadian PoetsEast and West Learning Connections.


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2021 Virtual Class Visits—Poetry Alive for schools, Updates!


Thank teachers for booking me for Poets in Schools programs every year. Thanks to the Ontario Arts Council and the League of Canadian Poet for funding.  Due to COVID-19, we will use Virtual Class visits!

In April 2021, for National Poetry Month, I will visit three schools, we will have a great time. Thanks

  • Francis Libermann school (Grade 11th)
  • Bowmore Road Jr & Sr ( Grade 6th)
  • Mother Teresa Catholic School (Grade 6th)


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Jahangirnagar University inviting me to talk to Celebrate World Poetry Day

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Thank Department of English, Jahangirnagar University for inviting me to talk about my poetry journey and read poetry for them. They hope together we celebrate the World Poetry Day of 2021. You are welcome to join us on March 22.

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Published in Queen’s Quarterly Spring 2021

I am thrilled to have my poem published in renown Queen’s Quarterly (Spring 2021), Thank the editors!
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Check: Other international publications

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We had two great online poetry alive workshops in March

Thank you all. These two workshops are fully booked.

Here are poems I discussed on March 20, 2021, please feel free to read them . 


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Thank WePoetry 【海外詩粹】for a special issue of poetry and translation for 《Mirrors and Windows/镜子与窗户》 ( 2021-01-17. USA)

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More publications in Taiwan, Hongkong, Canada and USA

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Live Encounters Poetry & Writing to Celebrate 11th anniversary

LE-PW-Vol-One-Dec-2020BannerI am honored to celebrate Live Encounters Poetry & Writing 11th anniversary with four of my new poems:  AY LE P&W Dec 2020 (1)

Thanks  Mark Ulyseas and Terry McDonagh, Guest Editorial, Read digital mag on phone

Other 4 poems on 2020/07


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Poetry in Translation /East Meets West (4+1)

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A series of online events focus on poetry and translation by reading and discussing original poems then translations between poets and translator.  The poets are George Elliott Clarke, Molly Peacock, Alice Major and A. F. Moritz, and the translator is Anna Yin

There are four great One on One sessions, one group session, hosted by Sureway Solutions Ltd, co-hosted by The East and West Learning Club:

Videos for the four sessions and group session:  (review for past sessions)


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Kateri Lanthier reviewing my book “Love’s Lighthouse”

Live Encounters Books October 2020, Thank Mark Ulyseas for promoting and publishing reviews on poetry books! Thank Kateri Lanthier.

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Glad to win the first place for Brooklin Poetry Society 3rd annual contest

Thanks Brooklin Poetry Society and judge, KV Skene! Congrats to all winners:Anna Yin, Bänoo Zan and Marsha Barber, and our honourable mentions, Andrea Rachel, Mansour Noorbakhsh and Lynn Tait!!


  • Also Three of my Chinese poems were published in Epoch Poetry Quarterly (Taiwan) #204 (礼物,穿越,流言)


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George Elliott Clarke – Review Seven Nights with the Chinese Zodiac

LE-Books-August-2020-Banner-Anna-Yin-George-Clarke-ProfileThank Live Encounters publishing George Elliott Clarke – Review Seven Nights with the Chinese Zodiac by Anna Yin

Anna Yin is a startling dreamer. Poems that seem Romantic veer into Surrealism or Symbolism. Tutored in Sylvia Plath and William Carlos Williams, among many other poets (mainly American and Canadian), Yin issues poems that are nightmare dreams or dreamy nightmares: Here’s a world where the natural becomes unnatural, the unnatural natural: “the police-monkey escorts a well-suited rat / followed by his cloned brothers…” Some poems are parables, such as the story of a man- a father-who refuses to leave his home, even while it and others are being reduced to rubble: “I received a copy of the photo in the local newspaper. / My father looked so small on the top of the ruins. / It was titled, ‘The Last Temple.’”
In another poem, the speaker says, “You are tired of his / molding, over and over, / thrashing, nailing / into you.” There’s a fierce feminism here, reinforced by readings of Dot Livesay and Dame Atwood. Though it’s tricky following Yin’s wicked, impressionistic juxtapositions, her painterly imagery is deliciously lustrous.
Yin is endlessly perspicacious, endlessly compelling: “The autumn gusts feel warm / as if it’s spring…. / last night by accident I cut my finger… / slowly, on the rice paper, red roses grew.” She brings to Canadian poetry a sense of classicism and aestheticism and minimalism, all nicely mixed up with sensuality.
Yin’s bravura poems – so exquisite and extraordinary – merit bravo upon bravo.

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The 4th Poet Laureate of Toronto (2012-15) and the 7th Parliamentary/Canadian Poet Laureate (2016-17), George Elliott Clarke is a revered artist in song, drama, fiction, screenplay, essays, and poetry. Born in Windsor, Nova Scotia, in 1960, Clarke was educated at the University of Waterloo, Dalhousie University, and Queen’s University. Clarke is also a pioneering scholar of African-Canadian literature. A professor of English at the University of Toronto, Clarke has taught at Duke, McGill, the University of British Columbia, and Harvard. He holds eight honorary doctorates, plus appointments to the Order of Nova Scotia and the Order of Canada at the rank of Officer. His recognitions include the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellows Prize, the Governor-General’s Award for Poetry, the National Magazine Gold Award for Poetry, the Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction, the Eric Hoffer Book Award for Poetry (US), and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award. Photo Credit of George Elliott Clarke : Harvard University.

Live Encounters _ George Elliott Clarke – Review_br_Seven Nights with the Chinese Zodiac by Anna Yin

Anna Yin was Mississauga’s Inaugural Poet Laureate (2015-2017) and has authored five collections of poetry. Her poems/translations have appeared at ARC Poetry, New York Times, China Daily, CBC Radio, World Journal etc. Anna won the 2005 Ted Plantos Memorial Award, two MARTYs, two scholarships from West Chester University Poetry Conference, three grants from OAC and 2013 Professional Achievement Award from CPAC. She performed her poetry on Parliament Hill and has been featured at 2015 Austin International Poetry Festival and 2017 National poetry month project etc. She teaches Poetry Alive at schools, colleges and libraries. Her website: http://www.annapoetry.com/


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Happy Canada Day!

Last year I was in Rome and wrote poems to celebrate Canada Day. In 2015 and 2016 I read my poems for Canada Day as Mississauga’s Inaugural Poet Laureate. This year is different. I stay home to say my hello.  So glad the videos/photos/poems bring us good memories. I wish you all Happy Canada Day!

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Review: Love’s Lighthouse by Anna Yin

revirew-loveLighthouseThanks Susan McMaster for reviewing my fifth poetry collection, so glad that the review is on review page of the League of Canadian Poets.
感谢加拿大诗人联盟前会长Susan McMaster 给《爱的灯塔-星子安娜双语诗选》写评。感谢加拿大诗人联盟发布。
There’s a welcoming sense of being ‘let in’ in Love’s Lighthouse. This warm collection of Anna Yin’s Chinese poetry, paired with her English versions, is rich with visual, cultural and personal intimations. All the poems were written and translated by her, some in English first, others in Chinese. Thus we have an engaging introduction to two ways of thinking about language and poetry, through the perceptions and memories of one person who has been immersed in both….
About the reviewer: Susan McMaster’s publications include books, anthologies, and scripts, recordings, and collaborations with artists, dancers, dramatists, and composers. Recent collections are Haunt and Lizard Love: Artists Scan Poems. She is the founding editor of Canada’s first feminist magazine, Branching Out, and of Vernissage, the magazine of the National Gallery of Canada.  She is a past president of the League of Canadian Poets.
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A World of Poetry: Life and Truth by Anna Yin

A World of Poetry: Life and Truth

A World of Poetry: Life and Truth

In March, I was asked to write for 2020 #NationalPoetryMonth and today #CanadianPoets published it with my online poetry alive workshop.

Please check the article on the Leagues of Canadian Poets: A World of Poetry: Life and Truth by Anna Yin

In this lovely article including both English and Chinese poetry, Anna shares how writing poetry has provided light and meaning in her life as well as the monumental impact poetry brings to others.

A World of Poetry_ Life and Truth – League of Canadian Poets

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Anna Yin Read at 2019 Chinese Poetry Festival in Toronto

Anna Yin Read her poem in English at 2019 Chinese Poetry Festival 

Anna Yin Read at 2018 Chinese Poetry Festival 

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