New poems, new books and Poetry Alive workshop

T2016-Poet-ALive-workshop-alloday I had Poetry Alive workshop at Francis Libermann school (Toronto) . It was the fourth time to visit the school. The teachers and students were very glad to have me there. They liked my Poetry Alive workshop very much and bought my books. Now they have “Wings Toward Sunlight”, “Inhaling the Silence” and “Seven Nights with the Chinese Zodiac”. They had “Inhaling…” before and prepared some questions but we didn’t have time for haiku and the Q/A section. Maybe next time… Thanks!

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UTM Summer Writing School is ready for Mississauga’s writers

2I am glad to share that we have UTM Summer Writing School now.  These five courses (Poetry/Fiction /more) could be applied for Creative Writing Certificate.  I remember six years ago I needed to travel to downtown Toronto to take the courses. Now it is open for registration!  Limited spaces. 

I will be glad to teach Poetry Alive.  My goal is to inspire people to find their own talents and to discover a deeper understanding and appreciation of life through reading and writing poetry. To request my course outline, please email me (  or register here, then check online blackboard.

upenn2Another good news is that I got a scholarship from West Chester University to attend the 2016 West Chester University Poetry Conference where I will be happy to read/participate/learn from June 8 through June 11, 2016.
I might have time to visit the Kelly Writer House again. Thank Eric for inviting me to read/talk at UPenn last year. Glad to hear from Editors-in-Chief of Supplement at KWH to ask for my new work. Thanks.
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Updated news for poetry and the National Youth Arts Week

For National Youth Arts Week, I was glad to have Poetry Alive presentations as following:

  • May 2, 2016:  Poetry Alive for  Rebel Week at Central Library
  • May 3/4, 2016  Poets in Schools at Dewey College
  • May 5, 2016  Poets in Schools at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Secondary School
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In celebration of William Shakespeare

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April is poetry month, and today is a very special day for Shakespeare. Here are we on CBC Radio Fresh Air to talk and discuss about this great playwright and poet’s works! Glad to be with poets laureate: John B. Lee, George Elliott Clarke and host Mary Ito.

Click here to listen to the interview  and read my poem: Haiku In Shakespeare on Fresh Air.


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Spring Forward: An Evening of Poetry on April 28


- Robert Priest, Poet, Novelist, Singer/Songwriter, Young Adult Author, Playwright & Journalist
- Dwayne Morgan, Poet, Speaker, Social Entrepreneur
- George Elliott Clarke, Poet, Playwright, and currently the Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate
- Anne Michaels, Poet and Novelist, and currently Toronto’s Poet Laureate
- Anna Yin, Mississauga’s inaugural Poet Laureate and Ontario’s representative to the League of Canadian Poets
Dane Swan, Slam-poet, spoken word performer, and writer

 Thanks Patrick Connors and Scarborough Arts Executive Director Sergei Petrov

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Enjoyed many great events at 2016 Edmonton Poetry Festival

2016Edmonto-anna1Glad to be in 2016 Edmonton Poetry Festival, one reading for Poetry Becomes City at City Hall  on April 20, another reading for Poetry Becomes Organic at CBC Centre Stage on April 22.

I also did Poetry Alive presentataion at McNally High School. Here is the event report in Chinese.

Thanks 2016 EdmonewsChinesnton Poetry Festival committee. Such a great festival!

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Mayor’s Poetry City Challenge 2016, Mississauga is on the map

MPCC16-home-page-300x300Poetry Challenge Accepted and City’s First Youth Poet Laureate Announced.

Both Poet Laureate and Youth Poet Laureate read  at General Committee of Council on April 6, 2016 as part of this Poetry City Challenge.

Check here for other cities that join this challenge.

Check video on Mississauga’s site (April 6)


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The Road of Poetry Power (National Poetry Month Event)

10Here we celebrate National Poetry Month with featured poets Ian Williams, Alexandra Oliver, Claudia RadMore, Max Layton and Anna Yin.  In poetry and music, together we explore the road of possibility and power. MC: Brent Wood and Chelsea Tao. Music by Mark Harry, Arlene Paculan and Selene Xu. The Canadian Parliamentary Poet 2Laureate George Elliott Clarke joined us as well. Thank Gary Gu for taking photos

There was Open mic then a haiku workshop led by Claudia RadMore provided a special treat for people to discover the fun of haiku. Thank you all for coming. Thank the League of Canadian Poets and Mississauga city.

Read a report by John Stewart on Mississauga News for this event. (Big thanks to John)

Read a report in Chinese on 姐妹网 (Thanks Yafang Shi)

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Reviews of Anna Yin’s Seven Nights with the Chinese Zodiac

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Poetry Alive workshops and Haiku Walking Tour

school2016girlsguideGlad to have  Poetry Alive (Poets in Schools) at Dolphin Public School (Mississauga), 
at Girl Guides (Mississauga) and Agincourt Collegiate Institute (Toronto)

Glad to have Haiku Walking Tour/workshop:

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Haiku Walking Tour – photos and haiku

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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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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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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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Happy Mother’s Day: Jane’s Walk -Haiku Walking Tour


Join me today for Haiku Walking Tour and we could write haiku for Mother:

dandelion clocks
how little I know
of my mother’s grey hair

pointing to her garden
my mom’s face blooms
under the warm sun

in the park
pushing her baby stroller
her light footsteps

mother’s day
out of my laundry
a 10 dollar bill

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