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)


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More poetry Alive workshops for Poets In Schools program




At Agincourt Collegiate, photo by Paul Keramedes, Thanks!

I conduct Poetry Alive workshops not only to teach poetry, but also to discover life lessons. On Feb 2, at Agincourt Collegiate, students and I engaged in the exercises: “Who am I?” and “The Trouble with…”. I want to thank Mr. Thomas and his Grade 11 and 12 students for joining with me in these workshops and sharing what they wrote.

On Feb 24, I will be a Judge for Poem/Speech Competition at St. Jude’s Academy. On March 8, I will mentor at ConnectHer event. Feel free to join us.

On Feb 26, Poetry Alive workshop for Leadership Club at CPAC, then on March 3/9, for Dolphin Sr. Public School 



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will be at the 2017 West Chester University Poetry Conference

2017 Poetry Conference Poster1-page-001Thank West Chester University for inviting me back to coordinate three poetry events at the 2017 West Chester University Poetry Conference. There will have many wonderful workshops, readings and fun events with fine food and wine etc.  For details, please check the website and 2016’s video clip.  I was so glad to be there in 2016. You can read my short report for that.

Looking forward to seeing many of you at the conference in 2017.

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Thank you teachers for bringing to our province Poets in Schools!

Poetry Alive and Poets In Schools

Poetry Alive and Poets In Schools

After the holidays, schools in Ontario will resume. As the Ontario Representative for the League of Canadian Poets, I want to thank you and all the schools who participated in our 2015-2016 season of Poets in the Schools! We appreciate all the teachers invited poets to their classes. To find out more about how you can bring a poet to your school, visit Poets in the Schools.

As a Poet in Schools, I am very glad that my Poetry Alive workshops will be back at Agincourt Collegiate Institute (Toronto) on Feb 2, 2017

Here is a 2-minute video introduction to my Poetry Alive Workshops.


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2017 Haiku Canada Conference in Mississauga

The next annual Haiku Canada Weekend will be held at UTM (University of Toronto, Mississauga campus) May 19-21, 2017, in Mississauga, Ontario, hosted by Anna Yin (Mississauga’s Inaugural Poet Laureate) and nick avis.

haikuconferenceConference highlights:

Book launch of the conference anthology (editors: Claudia Radmore and Marco Fraticelli) This launch will involve memories, and stories from our collective past.  Plus many more individual book launches. Check Book Group launch request /detail updates/

Book launch of Erotic Anthology, Black Moss Press (editors: George Swede and Terry Ann Carter)

Anonymous workshops (hosted by nick avis and Terry Ann Carter) plus a surprise from nick

Homage to Eric Amann (a panel hosted by George Swede) 

guest appearances by Parliamentary Poet Laureate: George Elliott Clarke, and Toronto poet Giovanna Riccio

Readings, silent auction, books for sale and more surprises. Please join us for a great birthday party!

Registration, accommodation,(banquet at the UTM Faculty Club), available on www.haikucanada.orgRegistration Form.  

feature_visitor_guideThings to see/do in Mississauga, please check Mississauga’s website: Discover Mississauga 

(here are some highlights I copied from the site to give a quick view)

Hope to see you at 2017 Haiku Canada Conference.

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Works by Seven Poets Laureate with translations in Chinese

poetsA special issue of Works by Seven Poets Laureate (Sir Andrew Motion, Dana Gioia, George Elliott Clarke, Alice Major, John B. Lee, Marty Gervais and Anna Yin) with translations in Chinese (七位北美桂冠诗人作品欣赏) spreads among Chinese communities globally on WeChat platform. 


Other news: Two of my new poems in Chinese (借來的故事/一式兩份)were published in TaiWan The Epoch Poetry Quarterly


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Another great night for Poetry at the Manor in Windsor


photo by Steven Kriemadis

Each year, Marty Gervais teams up with Windsor’s City’s Cultural Affairs Office to present Poetry at the Manor, an intimate evening of poetry and storytelling at Willistead Manor. This year was another success with 5 poets laureate from across Canada to read to Windsor audiences.


Photo by Steven Kriemadis

(With Micheline Maylor , Gerry Hill, Yvonne Yvonne Blomer, Kimberly Fahner, Marty Gervais and Alicia Labbe)

So glad to read at this great event on Oct 27, 2016. (My other visits in Windsor:
The great event at Manor in 2015
2013 Windsor BookFest

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Poets in Schools at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Secondary School

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Anna Yin at St. Joan of Arc C.S.S


Marty Gervais at St. Joan of Arc C.S.S


John B. Lee at St. Joan of Arc C.S.S






A short summary of the event by  Paula Nevins on Sept 22 

St. Joan of Arc’s grade 12 English students were treated to a morning of poetry on September 15, 2016. The morning began with a Poetry Alive workshop with Mississauga’s First Poet Laureate, Anna Yin. Students learned about Anna’s winding path to becoming a poet and also got to flex their own poetic muscles with a bit of their own writing. Next, Ms. Yin was joined by two more poet laureates: Marty Gervais of Waterloo, and John B. Lee of Brantford and Norfolk County. The three poets amused and entertained students with personal stories of how their poems came into existence, and reading samplings of their published poems. The session was capped off by the three poets engaging in a “theme battle” wherein students got to pick a theme and the poets each got to respond with a resonant poem from their “arsenal.” Students were left with a memorable impression of the vivid presence of inspiration and poetry all around them, as long as they have the eyes with which to see it and the tools to capture the essence in words.

Paula Nevins
St. Joan of Arc C.S.S.
Department Head of English, ESL & Library

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Poetry Night | Readings with Canadian Poets Laureate

photo by Paul Damaso

Thank you all for this special night. It began with Youth Spoken Word Performance and 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). Chaired by Richard Greene.  (Read our featured poets’ biographies)

We thank the Culture Division of Mississauga and the League of Canadian Poets for supports. Read Mississauga News  and respond to us: Does Poetry matter?   read more…


Thank ShiYing for taking wonderful photos.

Here is a link for a part of videos at the event.  See you next time!

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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

Watch California’s Poet Laureate Dana Gioia in Conversation with Kay Ryan


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David Mason and Cally Conan-Davies’s Poems, translated by Anna Yin

David Mason, American poet, former Poet Laureate of Colorado. He teaches at Colorado College. His poetry, prose and translations have appeared in such periodicals as The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Nation, The New Republic, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Times Literary Supplement, Poetry, Agenda, Modern Poetry in Translation, The New Criterion, The Yale Review, The Hudson Review, The American Scholar, The Irish Times, and The Southern Review.

Poem:  Turn / 轮换

Cally Conan-Davies’s poems have appeared in the Hudson Review, Subtropics, Poetry, Quadrant, the New Criterion, the Sewanee Review, Southwest Review, the Dark Horse, Harvard Review, and the Hopkins Review.

Poem: Strife /  争吵

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Join us at Haiku Workshop for the Mississauga Friendship Association

haikuI was invited to host a haiku workshop for the Mississauga Friendship Association on Jan 19, 2017. 

 6:30-8:30pm in committee room (2nd floor) at the civic centre (300 City Centre Dr, Mississauga).  Everyone is welcome.

———————Here are three haiku for the cross-cultural friendship——–

city crane taichi


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