Poetry in Translation /East Meets West (Ongoing…)

A series of online events focus on poetry and translation by reading and discussing original poems then translations between poets and translator.   The poets are George Elliott Clarke, Molly Peacock, Alice Major and A. F. Moritz, and the translator is Anna Yin

Each session lasts 90 minutes and involves one English-language poet and the Chinese translator to discuss techniques and adaptability required and close-reading poems of different styles and subjects.

Oct 3, 15:00-16:30 the group session on Zoom -a summary with the above poets and open mic

Molly Peacock’s latest poetry collections are The Analyst and Cornucopia: New and Selected Poems.  She is the series founder of The Best Canadian Poetry and the co-founder of Poetry in Motion on New York’s subways and buses.  Her poems appear in leading literary journals such as Poetry, The Malahat Review and The Hudson Review, and are anthologized in The Oxford Book of American Poetry. Author of a one-person play about poetry, The Shimmering Verge, she is working on Form with Feeling, a collection of essays.

A. F. Moritzis the 6thPoet Laureate of Toronto. His most recent books are As Far As You Know (2020) and The Sparrow: Selected Poems (2018), both from House of Anansi Press. In 2015, Princeton University Press republished his 1986 volume in the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets, The Tradition. He has published nineteen books of poems, and several volumes of poetry translated from French and Spanish. His poetry has received the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Award in Literature of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Beth Hokin Prize of Poetry magazine, and other awards.

Alice Major‘s 11th poetry collection is “Welcome to the Anthropocene”. published by the University of Alberta Press. Science has been a source of inspiration for much of her work, including an award-winning collection of essays: “Intersecting Sets: A Poet Looks at Science.” Alice served as the first poet laureate for her home city of Edmonton and her honours include an honorary doctorate of letters from the University of Alberta. www.alicemajor.com


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.

In Poetry We Meet: Poetry Reading at VPL – 在詩中相遇

Meet Dr. Chun Yu, an award-winning poet based in San Francisco, and Anna Yin, Mississauga’s Inaugural Poet Laureate, author of six collections of poetry and an IT Consultant; listen to their bilingual poems and share their creative experiences with boundary crossing. This event will be moderated by Dr. Shuyu Kong, Professor in Humanities at SFU and Co-Director of David Lam Centre for International Communication. This will be conducted in Mandarin.
A link and password to join the Zoom meeting will be sent by email.
register link: https://vpl.bibliocommons.com/events/5ef649a09cdc143a0004104c

在詩歌裡 — 遇见有趣的靈魂,遇見你。舊金山作家、詩人和科學家俞淳、多倫多密西沙加桂冠詩人、IT咨询师星子安娜,朗誦她們中英文詩歌,交流各自在詩歌中,如何穿越時空,跨越疆界,與愛和美相遇。SFU人文學系教授、林思齐國際文化交流中心主任孔書玉主持。國語活動(温哥华图书馆)

Online Reading for National Poetry Month from poets in Tamaracks and In A Fragile Moment

On Tuesday, April 21st, there was to be a poetry reading at the Annette Public Library.  It would have featured eight poets from both Tamaracks, published by Lummox Press, as well as In A Fragile Moment, released by Hidden Brook Press.

COVID19 cancelled the reading. However, poetry is indomitable.

We have brought the event to you in another format.  Please enjoy this collaboration, and celebrate National Poetry Month!

Eight Poets Reading as following:
James and Norma’s readings

James Deahl is the author of twenty-eight literary titles, the three most recent being: Travelling The Lost Highway, Red Haws To Light The Field, and To Be With A Woman. A cycle of his poems is the focus of the U.S. television documentary Under the Watchful Eye. He lives in Sarnia, Ontario, with the writer Norma West Linder.

Norma West Linder is the author of seven novels, fifteen poetry collections, two children’s books, a collection of short stories, a play, a memoir, and a biography of Ontario Lt. Governor Pauline McGibbon. Her selected poetry, Adder’s-tongues, was published by Aeolis House in 2012. She is the mother of two daughters and a son. Linder lives in Sarnia.

Allan Briesmaster’s Reading

A literary editor and publisher, Allan Briesmaster is the author of eight full-length books of poetry and eight shorter books. He has given readings and hosted poetry events at venues across Canada. His newest book, The Long Bond: Selected and New Poems, was published last fall by Guernica Editions.

Bruce Meyer’s Reading

Bruce Meyer is author of editor of 63 books of poetry, short fiction, flash fiction, and non-fiction. His most recent collection of poems is McLuhan’s Canary (Guernica Editions, 2019). He lives in Barrie, Ontario, and teaches at Georgian College and at Victoria College in the University of Toronto. He was the City of Barrie’s inaugural Poet Laureate from 2010 to 2014.

Keith Inman’s Reading

 Keith Inman is an internationally published poet. His books, War Poems and SEAsia (Seize-ya) from Black Moss, can be found in major libraries across North America. The craziest review he’s ever received was in Canlit #223, which compared his work to Atwood, Boyden and Itani. Keith lives in Niagara.

Patrick Connors’ Reading

Pat Connors first chapbook, Scarborough Songs, was published by Lyricalmyrical Press in 2013, and charted on the Toronto Poetry Map.  He contributed to Bottom of the Wine Jar, published by SandCrab Books in 2017.

Other publications include Blue Collar Poetry; Tamaracks; and Tending the Fire, a new chapbook by the League of Canadian Poets.   His first full manuscript is forthcoming.

Anna Yin’s Reading

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 several awards and performed her poetry on Parliament Hill and  2015 Austin International Poetry Festival etc.  Her Poetry Alive workshops are welcomed at schools.

Richard M. Grove’s Reading

Richard M. Grove lives in Presqu’ile Provincial Park, half way between Toronto and Kingston. He is the man of 7 Ps – Poet, Publisher, Photographer, Painter, President, Public Speaker, Potter. He runs Hidden Brook Press and is the founding president of the Canada Cuba Literary Alliance.

Joseph Fasano’s two poems and Anna Yin’s translation

Joseph Fasano is the author The Crossing (Cider Press Review, 2018); Vincent (2015); Inheritance (2014); and Fugue for Other Hands (2013), which won the Cider Press Review Book Award and was nominated for the Poets’ Prize, “awarded annually for the best book of verse published by a living American poet two years prior to the award.” A winner of the RATTLE Poetry Prize, among other honors, he teaches at Columbia University and Manhattanville College.










约瑟夫·法萨诺  (trans by Anna Yin)



Anna Yin’s online poetry alive workshops for schools and Haiku workshop

Anna is a participating poet for the League’s Poets In The Schools Program, and she has thoughtfully made her “Poetry Alive” classroom workshops available on Youtube. Check out her workshop. it’s poetry fun for the whole family! 


Anna Yin’s Online Haiku workshop

Anna is a participating poet for the League’s Poets In The Schools Program, and she has thoughtfully made her “Poetry Alive” classroom workshops available on Youtube. Check out her workshop. it’s poetry fun for the whole family! 


Poems about COVID-19/抗疫诗歌分享

Waiting for You in the Sunlight

News of epidemic spread everywhere;
our anxiety and worries grow .
Yet the sun shines brightly and warmly,
birds are seen here and there.

Masks mailing to you are still on their way;
my heart waiting for you has set out flying.
I hope the spring will soon blossom,
and folks sing happily and freely.

Wandering in the woods at the moment,
I stare at the setting sun;
opening my hands to catch the distant light,
I long for a new day to come.
My dear, remember-
I am waiting for you in the sun light.





写在雨水之后/星子安娜 02/19/2020




songs from Nature
I pause to listen…
in this cold winter

feathers rise somewhere
I hope you
land safe

spring returns
sick and tired souls
weeping no more

-anna yin /2020/02/11

Ask /Anna Yin

Who has covered the Mouth of Truth?
Now all the invisible souls
wearing masks weep…

天問 /星子安娜


A Song for Nameless Heroes/無名的守護


A Song for Nameless Heroes (trans by Anna Yin)

When our city is hushed by infection,
storms smash it with no prediction;
but fearless heroes rush to rescue
even knowing danger waits ahead.

When we say goodbye to theaters
and pause gathering for the moment;
so many nameless volunteers race
to offer their hands to save our lives.

At the moment of departure,
each one’s eyes are tearful.
Remember the vows in your heart;
each minute passing,
each silent effort,
we all promise “So long for now”.

Facing the camera, you smile.
your smiles are so bright.
But being shorn isn’t easy for you;
in fact, you are also scared,
yet you pretend to be brave…
So many touching stories like this,
Each story is a warm sun for us.

No matter worn and exhausted
you say you’re used to it –
for the cold world, there must
be someone to warm it up.
I think I see a star not afar.
I know the star is each of you.
No need to be afraid anymore.
No need to be afraid.

When we lay down yesterday ’s troubles,
we will embrace more stunning wonders.
Rainbows appear after storms for a reason,
for you give out your warmth all the time.

Perhaps dawn is almost ahead,
your smile is even sweeter.
Yet dare not relax for a moment.
Regardless of wind and rain,
no matter how difficult it is,
remember the smiling faces in your heart.
And we remember your warmth in our hearts.

You are our heroes.
You are the bright stars.
Thank you for your rescue.
Thank you for your warmth.

Love’s Lighthouse was published in TaiWan

Yin is endlessly perspicacious, endlessly compelling… She brings to Canadian poetry a sense of classicism and aestheticism and minimalism, all nicely mixed up with sensuality.
—George Elliott Clarke, 7th Parliamentary Poet Laureate of Canada

Anna Yin’s poems give us beauty in all its delicacy and its strength—a full glowing presence that sometimes, mysteriously, is just a fleeting hint, a dance of shadows….This is an original poet following her intuition ever deeper into the secrets of emotion and reality.
—A. F. Moritz, 6th Toronto Poet Laureate, 2009 Griffin Poetry Prize Winner.