Had a great time reading at a beautiful “Sunday Salon” poetry reading at the Laurier Art Gallery this afternoon with George Elliott Clarke, Giovanna Riccio, Ayesha Chatterjee, Antonia Facciponte, Keith Garebian, Richard Greene, Michael Fraser, Michael Mirolla, Al Moritz, Andrea Thompson, Elana Wolff. The wonderful paintings are by Mona Berga. Thank George and Giovanna for organizing this event, thank Ron to sponsor this. Cheers! More photos and videos will be posted later.
Live Encounters Poetry & Writing
Glad to have my two poems, Terry Barker’s review of “Starlight Tapestry” (Poetry by Don Gutteridge, Chinese translation by me) and Don’s three new poems and other international fine poets and writers. Thank Mark Ulyseas and edictal team for the beautiful magazine!
A night of poetry in the heart of Toronto at Art Bar. Glad to have Poetry and Music with Mark Harry and also read my new poems and showcase “Starlight Tapestry” by Don Gutteridge with Chinese Translation by me. Wonderful to see old and new friends and listen to the other featured poet: Kelly Rose Pflug Back and Open mic readings. Thanks Art Bar Poetry Series, the League of Canadian Poets and Canada Council for the Arts.
The CD features 19 tracks (incl. 16 songs commissioned by George Elliott Clarke) by poets: Al Moritz, Andrea Tompson, Louise Bernice Halfe, Leonard Cohen, Choucri Paul Zemokhol, Boyd Warren Chubbs, Amatoritsero Ede, Luciano Iacobelli, Giovanna Riccio, Ayesha Chatterjee, Banoo Zan, Richard Sanger, Astrid Brunner (twice), Anna Yin, and GEC (twice). Produced by Redshift Records (TK540), the CD comes with a beautiful booklet, featuring liner notes, the poems-now-lyrics, bios, photos.
“Awakening”, a poetry film inspired by public art in Mississauga now has been released. The short film was produced and directed by me with my film crew members Sarah Hei and Roy Marques. The film covers more than 10 pieces of public art in Mississauga and reveals the city’s unique history and culture with beautiful natural scenes. This project won a 2023 Micro Matchmaker grant from Mississauga Arts Council and was supported by local art groups and businesses. Here is the film link for you to enjoy:
Here I want to thank the Mississauga Arts Council, the Mississauga Nation, Triple J Canada, and Kaideed Education again. Check more about this project.
I am happy to let you know that my project: Public Art and Poetry film project which won MAC’s 2023 spring Matchmaker MicroGrant now is ready to kick off. You are all welcome to join us from June to Oct 2023. There are several ways to support us: submit your creative photos or poems, or be our sponsors or directly participate! Thank our sponsors: MAC, AGM, WUC, Triple J Canada, Kaideed Education etc for making the project to take form!
Join poet Anna Yin at the Art Gallery of Mississauga for the captivating workshop, “Poetic Voices.” Discover the rich history of haiku and learn the art of crafting these concise yet profound poems. Afterward, wander through the gallery’s inspiring exhibition, Jorian Charlton: Between Us, and let the artwork ignite your creativity for your own haiku masterpieces.
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Hosted by the West Perth Public Library in conjunction with The Ontario Poetry Society…
A full afternoon of poetic fun with 14 Featured Readers, a Book Draw and an Open Mic for guests! Thanks for featuring me at this poetry festival!
Thank Epoch Poetry Quarterly (Taiwan) for including my translations of three Canadian poets: Liz Howard, Don Gutteridge, Armand Garnet Ruffo. Thank Mark Ulyseas for showcasing my four new poems: Listening to Leonard Cohen.
My new project: Creating a reflective film to foster cultural values / Project that fuses poetry and public art in a collaborative film will team with Roy Marques, Sarah Hei and other artists/participants. I thank MAC, AGM, Triple J Canada, Kaideed Education and other sponsors!
This project will start in June teamed up with a core film team and plan to finish in Oct, 2023. During our filming process, we will involve and invite the public to join us with activities to enrich connections with our city and our communities to further understand the role of public art in the history and cultural development of Mississauga. Currently we have received wonderful supports from local artists and sponsors (my last year’s sponsors want to continue their sponsorship).
It is a small low budge project. If any of you or your company would like to be involved with this project or sponsor it. Please feel free to contact me. I am sure we all could learn and have fun together. #project #film #publicart #sponsor
Also I want to mention last year my haiku project “Here and Now, Discover Mississauga and More” won a micro grant from Mississauga Arts Council (MAC) and selected to be a 2022 successful story by MAC. Thank all participants and sponsors! Cheers!
After more poems by Don with my translations were published in Epoch Poetry Quarterly, New World Poetry etc, we now have a full book of poems and translations! The book will be available in June!
Thank editors from Arc Poetry, Mary Evans Picture and Poem, Word City Lit and other Chinese groups to publish my new poems in English and Chinese.
Another wonderful event for National Poetry Month 2023, I read and share my poems and stories to support students from Health humanities of University of Toronto at Mississauga’s campus #poetry#health#humanityGlad to listen to other talented performers and see their artistic presentation. #art #poetry #healthhumanities
This month the City of Mississauga is offering a variety of poetry contests, calls for submissions, workshops, poetry slam & more!
Check out the full list of programs. All are free. I am glad to host two events. Hope to see you!
March is a busy month, I helped to judge the Etobicoke Team Regional contest for Poetry In Voice. I visited two schools for haiku workshops. I continue writing and translating poetry. I have received some good news and got new poems/translations accepted. I am now reading the Tanka anthology from England! Thanks the editors for including mine and mailing it to Canada. It took two months. It is very beautiful and had many fine tankas with a great introduction. I seldom write tanka, now I want to write more! #tanka I think today some students’ work are tanka
Back from Cancun trip and wrote a lot of short poems and two long poems… very inspired trip! During my trip, glad to receive an email from @WindsorReview. Thanks for accepting my poem: Grandpa’s House in their spring issue. Thank @QuarterlyQueens for publishing Yan Li’s poem with my translation again. This time in their spring issue! Also thank @arcpoetry, @FreeFallMag, 创世纪诗刊 for continuing publishing my poems/translations ! And a cheque from Canada Council for the Arts in my mail… thanks!
So glad to visit schools in Windsor, Toronto and Mississauga. More to come and thank all the teachers and Poetry In Voice!
I am also happy to be booked by companies and churches for their team building and family events! Poetry and Arts are good for our soul and health! I am glad to more people enjoy the peace and joy that poetry brings us!
Contact me for details for 2023 school visits!
I want to thank you all for your support in 2022 and wish you all a happy and healthy 2023. I also want to thank Mark Ulyseas for inviting me to be a guest editor for a special bilingual edition.
Here are eight Chinese poets and eight Canadian poets (not in Mirrors and Windows) I have selected… Their poems with my translations are showcased in Jan, 2023 Live Encounters!
MAC’s Arts for Business Directory is a roster of professional performers, musicians, visual artists, instructors, photographers, and more. My services: Poetry for Health and Harmony in this collection are available for corporate events and communities to connect people with nature and their own creativity. For details, please contact me! Thanks. Happy Holiday Seasons!
Thank you all for joining us for a special event. We have showcased Yan Li’s poem and my translation, which was just published in Queen’s Quarterly we also shared Dr. Ruffo’s poems and my translation in Chinese in Epoch Poetry Quarterly ( just out) too. Thanks Dr. Ruffo and Yan Li for sharing their work and knowledge. The video is ready! We wish you all a happy and healthy holiday season and a great new year!
Lately when I wanted to teach students about shape poetry, I used my poem to illustrate how it could be revised as a shape poem and it worked well. Now it wad published in Modern Poetry In Translation in UK!
Glad to receive copies from UK! Thanks.
Poetry at the Manor – Vol. 10 was a great event to celebrate the milestone tenth anniversary of the beloved event, which returned to an in-person format at Willistead Manor in Walkerville. This year’s line-up included Anna Yin (inaugural Poet Laureate for Mississauga), Richard-Yves Sitoski (Poet Laureate for Owen Sound), Micheline Maylor (Poet Laureate Emeritus for Calgary), and Sarah Lewis (past Poet Laureate for Peterborough). Thanks Windsor’s talented team!
Zoom Launch event for: International show of ‘Art and Poetry’ in metaverse, on the virtual plane of CROSSARTS Gallery, showcasing women poets from Canada and India and the Indian diaspora from the UK and USA
Participating Poets on the walls:
ANNA YIN (Canada)
LISA REYNOLDS (Canada)
ARCHANA SAHNI (Canada)
BRENDA CLEWS (Canada)
ALKA TYAGI (India)
ZOHRA ZOBERI (Canada)
SANGEETA GUPTA (India)
SHEILA E. TUCKER (Canada)
MALASHRI LAL (India)
USHA AKELLA (USA)
MEENA CHOPRA (Canada)
QURAT DAR (Canada)
ANITA NAHAL (USA)
MANDIRA GHOSH (India)
LAKSHMI KANNAN (India)
MONA DASH (UK)
USHA KISHORE (UK)
JENNIFER WENN (Canada)
SUKRITA PAUL KUMAR (India)
MARGARET CODE (Canada)
CHITRA THRIVIKRAMAN NAIR (India)
PRAMILA VENKATESWARAN (USA)
DEBJANI CHATTERJI (UK)
2022 is a new turn point for me. After more than 20 years full-time working in IT field, I decided to spend more time on poetry/art/education/translation. This year, I have finished translating one poetry collection including her poetic drama for a Chinese poet (from Chinese to English), and we will have a reading in fall. I also have two Canadian poets’ collections lined up for translation (from English to Chinese)… In Aug I published Hans’ new haiku book; in Oct I will publish Here and Now, Discover Mississauga and More eBook! And Now I am thrilled for Canadian Council For the Arts awarding me a Create and Explore grant! In Sept, I will start the new project, I am very excited to learn and explore!
Nice photos by Roy Marques for future projects. Thanks a lot.
Thank Sherri Murray, MAC’s Communications Producer interviewing me to chat about being Mississauga’s Inaugural Poet Laureate from 2015-2017, some favourite moments in my career so far and information on poetry workshops and new Haiku project, Here and Now, Discover Mississauga and More, that recently won a MAC MicroGrant! Here is the video, thanks!
First Line has published many fine Chinese poets. Thanks editors’ all wonderful work, #6 is available to order online. This issue includes my two new Chinese poems and two new translations, one for Dr. Armand Garnet Ruffo. And now I have translated “Not the Music” by Lorna Crozier and four poems by Don Gutteridge.
Apr 21, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. EDT Virtual on Zoom. Now the video is uploaded for watching.
Al Moritz – Toronto
Randell Adjei – Province of Ontario
Jessica Outram – Cobourg
Anna Yin – First Poet Laureate of Mississauga
Richard M. Grove – Brighton
Jason Heroux – Kingston
Richard-Yves Sitoski – Owen Sound
Victoria Butler – Barrie
Thomas Leduc – Sudbury
Albert Dumont – Ottawa (Anglophone)
Gilles Latour – Ottawa (Francophone)
Sarah Lewis – Peterborough
Alex-Andrei Ungurenasu – Windsor
Ayomide Bayowa/Current Poet Laureate of Mississauga
Former Poet Laureate Paul Edward Costa – Mississauga
First Line has published many fine Chinese poets. Thanks editors’ all wonderful work, #6 is available to order online. This issue includes Anna Yin’s two new Chinese poems and two new translations, one for Dr. Ruffo.
I was glad to write poems for Canada Day and read them at Celebration Square when I was Mississauga’s Inaugural Poet Laureate (2015-2017). Here are the poems and video.
I was so happy to have Poetry Alive workshops again at St. Francis Xavier Secondary School on June 21, 2022. Thank all the teachers and students for making this great and fond memory. Thank them for sending the google slides, please take a moment to view With Thanks From FX. I also saved them here! See you soon for more poetry!
Here is my project poster and details. Our Haiku workshops will combine in-person walks and virtual writing workshops focusing on building creative and resilient communities. The first nature walk starts June 25, 2022 and the workshops run throughout the summer. Thank all our sponsors! See you all.
I was happy to be a guest speaker and a judge for Kimball Electronics’ Take a Haiku Hike Challenge. Here are the winners with Communications Director Scott Saalman’s announcement. Thank you, Scott and all the participants, for bringing about such an amazing event where new talents were discovered. I hope to see you at our online haiku workshops in the summer (open to all). Your contributions will be considered for inclusion in our eBook in Oct. —Anna Yin
So glad to translate poems by fine poets: Luofu and Yan Li. Also joined an online event to read the poems.
To celebrate National Poetry Month & Asian Heritage Month, Anna Yin wrote 24 haiku that were inspired by Neville G. Poy & Vivienne Poy’s beautiful photography book: Precious Moments. Please check the video to find more about Poys’ wonderful book! Some of them will be used at Anna Yin’s school and community haiku workshop programs. Thanks Dr. Vivienne’s permission!
pink water lily
full moon night
Today is Poem in Your Pocket Day! Celebrate by carrying a poem & sharing it with others throughout the day!
This year’s Poem In Your Pocket Collection features poetry by: Ashley Elizabeth Best, Jaclyn Piudik, Keith Inman, Maureen Hynes, Bänoo Zan, Angela Cen, Callista Markotich, Harry Posner, Mark Kim, Annick MacAskill, Amy LeBlanc, Frances Boyle, Anna Yin and Marlene Grand Maitre.
These poems are also available as audio recordings and a printable booklet. To print and share from your home, check out the 2022 Poem In Your Pocket Day Booklet from LCP. (Thanks for including my poem: The Hollow Tree)
George Elliott Clarke l Poet Laureate (Toronto)
Giovanna Riccio l Poet, Co-Host (Toronto)
Louise Bernice Halfe l Parliamentary Poet Laureate (Regina)
Anna Yin l Chinese l Poet (Mississauga)
Boyd Warren Chubbs l Poet (St. John’s)
Astrid Brunner l Poet (Halifax)
Andrea Thompson l Poet (Toronto)
Juliet Palmer l Pianist (Toronto)
James Rolfe l Composer (Toronto)
Thanks James Morehead selecting my poem for City of Dublin Poetry Walk 2022 for their national poetry month celebration!
Celebrate the Cherry Blossom Festival with a fun and interactive poetry appreciation event hosted by Anna Yin for Vancouver Public Library has received wonderful feedback. Here is one:
Congratulations on another excellent session tonight, grateful for the opportunity to learn from you. Thank you for sharing your time, expertise and love for poetry. Wonderful to see you again -Maria
This National Poetry Month, thank Mississauga Library and Art and Culture inviting me for Author Talks on April 6, 2022. (Thanks The League of Canadian Poets and Canada Council for the Arts)
Here are some feedback:
On behalf of Mississauga Library, and our program participants, Thank YOU for a great Author Talk session on Wednesday evening. It was a very engaging talk and we received very positive feedback for the program. I’ve shared a customer comment below:· Anna was very engaging and the conversation with her flowed nicely.Thank you again for your time for this program. It was a pleasure working with you, and I hope we get a chance to host you again in person! —Elizabeth Caione
Dear Anna, I greatly enjoyed your Mississauga Library interview last night. I thought the questions were good, and your answers were engaging and illuminating. —Allan Briesmaster
Grace Lau and Anna Yin read on Wednesday, March 23rd on Zoom. Open mic starts at 6:30 p.m. central time (bring your work!); stay for the reading at 7:00 p.m. Register in advance for this Zoom poetry reading. Thanks Mark Allen Everett Poetry Series at the University of Oklahoma (USA)
So happy to read many fine poems and select the winning one for 2022 Very Small Verse contest! also so glad that my poem won 2022 Broadsheet contest! Happy #WorldPoetryDay ! #PoetryDay Thanks the judge and the League of Canadian Poets.
Poetry X Hunger: Raspberries by Anna Yin.
Several of these poems will be showcased in the coming weeks by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and the Capital Area Food Bank. Thanks!
This Feb I was so glad to be invited by schools for Virtual Class Visit for Poetry Alive at KINGSWAY COLLEGE SCHOOL and Francis Libermann school. Thanks teachers who love poetry! Thank students who want poetry! Thanks Writers’ Union of Canada, Poetry In Voice! Also thank The League of Canadian Poets for my upcoming Poetry Alive workshops.
|Click to read the interview on Open Book!|
| Open Book：With English renderings of acclaimed modern Chinese poets and translations of English poems from Canada, the US, and the UK, Mirrors and Windows is a tapestry of contemporary poetry that blurs origin and language and constructs a universal celebration of poetic energy. |
This is such an interesting and ambitious project and it was wonderful to get to read you speaking about it so passionately. We’re thrilled to have you on the site and to share this with our readers. —Grace O’Connell (Open Book)
The Artisanal Writer with Anna Yin : 9 questions about the Craft of Writing and Reading (Nov, 2021)
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）
- My essay for Covid 19 has been published in Global Pandemic Crisis: a series of literary essays on quarantine
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.
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.
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: https://www.annapoetry.com/