Poetry at the Manor (See you there)


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

I will be in Windsor on Thursday, October 27, 2016. See you!

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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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Can Poetry Matter? Mississauga Hosts Public Poets’ Evening news release

Mississauga Hosts Public Poets’ Evening  by Terry Barker, reported on Sept 15, 2016

Wednesday evening, Sept 14, Mississauga, one of Canada’s newest and most dynamic and diverse cities, was the site of a genuine innovation in poetic practice in Canada, a round robin reading by four poets laureate that dramatically illustrated what a poet laureate is and does, followed by a relaxed and informative question and answer session, that underlined the important function of the public poet in expressing the rich and varied experiences of everyday life, and encouraging citizens to write about these themselves, and to thereby influence their society and governments.

Sponsored by Mississauga’s Culture Division and the League of Canadian Poets, organized by…Continue Reading

Can Poetry Matter? Random Video Interview Part 2 by Jason Liu.


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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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Ottawa-Mississauga Haiku Workshops, a great success on Sept 10, Mississauga

photo by I Lee

Photo by I Lee

Check photos and works from our first “Ottawa-Mississauga” haiku workshop!

It was great to see a full house of people. Thanks  Ontario Arts Council – Conseil des arts de l’Ontario and the city of Mississauga haikuworkshop-ottawa




Book Ottawa Haiku workshop now!  See you in Ottawa on Oct 29, 2016


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Can Poetry Matter? Glad that Mississauga News connected us

2016-08-30 19.57.01Thanks Mississauga News for spreading our stories, I have received many emails since. Thank lovingsister.com news as well.

Can Poetry matter? Once it was a very hot topic in USA raised by Dana Gioia in 1991 and here is a video on April 20, 2016 Dana Gioia on Why Poetry Matters  Dana Gioia, chairperson of the National Endowment for the Arts under President George W. Bush and poet laureate of California, talks about the importance of poetry in the United States.

Now read what our poets say:

Professor at University of Toronto, Richard Greene
I am like a fish asked to discuss water.

Parliamentary Poet Laureate of Canada,  George Elliott Clarke
It is organic, physical, and as instinctive to human beings as is breathing. When I am depressed or when I am gay, I want words to augment my feelings. I want
words that help me cry or make me laugh. So, poetry is irrepressible.

First Poet Laureate of Edmonton, Alberta, Alice Major
Poetry matters because language is our human birthright. We carefully learn its sounds and rhythms as infants, we play with it all the time — and then we forget how to play. But it is the serious playfulness of poems that makes words matter, makes them resonate and stick with us. When we need to say important things, we turn to poetry.

Rebecca Anne Banks: yes, poetry matters. the Prime Minister says so.

Read more… or watch this Random Interview Part One:

And Leonard Cohen’s poem: HAPPENS TO THE HEART

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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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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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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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