2017 West Chester University Poetry Conference

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No. 5 Poetry E-zine introducing six poets from West Chester University Poetry Conference

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2017snapI had a great time at both 2016 and 2017 West Chester University Poetry Conference. It gave me a great opportunity to meet many fine poets. I was happy to translate some works by them into Chinese. I also had fun to host three poetry events at Poetry House for 2017 conference and busy with many events and workshops.  I signed up for Molly Peacock’s workshop and learnt a lot. Thank Sam Gwynn, Molly Peacock, and all of you.

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AlieNation: Multicultural Poetry Reading at Congress Conference

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Sponsored by ACQL (Association for Canadian and Quebec Literatures) and the League of Canadian Poets.

Congress Multicultural Multilingual Poetry Reading

We celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary through poems by writers born in 8 different countries: Diana Manole (Romania/Canada), Jeevan Bhagwat (Trinidad/Canada), David Brême (France/Canada), Pamela Mordecai (Jamaica/Canada), Renée von Paschen (Canada), Maša Torbica (Croatia/Canada), Anna Yin (China/Canada), Bänoo Zan (Iran/Canada).
 
AlieNation: Performing Canada as “New Canadian” Poets
Saturday, May 27, 2017   4:00 – 6:00 pm
Room 210, Victoria Building,  Ryerson University
350 Victoria St, Toronto  
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Thank you teachers for bringing Poets in Schools!

poetryalive1Another great time at Dolphin Public School (Mississauga), Agincourt Collegiate Institute (Toronto) and Francis Libermann School (Toronto) for Poetry Alive workshops.  Thank our wonderful teachers and librarians for bringing poets to schools.

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Poetry Alive and Poets In Schools

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at Dolphin Public School for Poetry Alive workshops

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at Agincourt Collegiate Institute

The above is a 2-minute video introduction to my Poetry Alive Workshop.  To find out how to apply for funding to bring poets in schools, please check: http://poets.ca/pits/

 

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Glad to host the 2017 Haiku Canada Conference at UTM

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The 2017 Haiku Canada Weekend was successfully held at UTM (University of Toronto, Mississauga campus) May 19-21, 2017. More than 50 haiku poets from across Canada attended this event; there were also poets from Japan and the USA. Most of them have been writing haiku for 20 years or more and many of them have become

day1hcf3laugh1hcf5hcf1hcf2group_25friends because of their mutual passion. They were glad to welcome new haiku lovers and support Anna Yin, first-time attendee and host.

To open the night, Anna showed a special short film about Mississauga which she had prepared to welcome guests to the city. She also invited them to explore the city and write about it during their visit. Next, co-host Nick Avis, a prominent poet from Newfoundland stirred up a thoughtful and dynamic discussion with his presentation: “What is Haiku?” The following member anthology: “Wordless: Haiku Canada 40 Years of Haiku” round robin reading illustrated the beauty of the art of haiku. Jacquie Pearce’s “The Vancouver Haiku Group in Dr. Sun Yat-sen Garden” presented how photo of garden worked with three-line poetry. Later the same night, a Renku party lit up a sleepless night.

The next day, exciting activities continued. These included “anonymous workshops” by nick avis and Terry Ann Carter where heated debates about how and what to edit were engaged in. “Memories of Haiku Canada” by Emiko Miashita of Japan resonated with many member’s recollections. Then individual book launches brought rich cultural heritage and various styles to the meeting.  The banquet for the 40th Haiku Canada birthday party was a great success and filled with shared anecdotes that brought many tears and laughter!

The weekend ended with a book launch of “Erotic Haiku of Skin on Skin” anthology published by Black Moss Press and other dynamic enjoyable activities. After affectionate goodbyes, many poets expressed the desire to attend next year’s conference at Quebec Bishops university.

Photos by Pearl Pirie and more can be viewed (a link of photos). The group photo by Eudoro Unitec. Thank Lynne Jambor for the beautiful name tags, Jessica Tremblay for Old Pond Comic book and many people for your help and support. Looking forward to seeing you again.

You can listento to Pearl Pirie‘s The radio show episode on Haiku Canada Conference 

 

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Join us for National Poetry Month and Poem in Your Pocket Day program

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Nightlights pulbished by Black Moss Press, thanks

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Published by Black Moss Press in 2017, cover photo by Windsor Poet Laureate Marty Gervais

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My special thanks to Mississauga and Mayor Crombie for supporting poetry. This book was also the fruit of my Poet Laureate term.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For signed copies, please email me or check upcoming events. Thanks.

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