Anna Yin was born in China, immigrated to Canada in 1999 and has published hundreds poems internationally. In 2005, Anna received the Ontario Poetry Society’s Ted Plantos Memorial Award. She was interviewed by CBC Radio for her poem “Toronto, No More Weeping”. Her poems in English & Chinese and ten translations by her were in a Canadian Studies’ textbook used by Humber College. She has chapbooks: Jasmine Star Light, Farewell to Sunflowers (Chinese/English). In 2010, she won MARTY Awards for Emerging Literary Arts presented by the Mississauga Arts Council for her poetry and contributions to the community. Collections of her poetry “Wings Toward Sunlight” was published by Mosaic Press in 2011 and "Inhaling the Silence" was published in 2013 . She was interviewed by CBC Radio Metro Morning and Rogers TV , CCTV and TalentVisionTV. For 2011 and 2012, she was a finalist for Canada’s Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Award. Anna won Honourable mentions for the 2013 MARTY Awards for Established Literary Arts. Her poem “Still Life” was selected to ride buses across Canada from July 1, 2013 to July 1, 2014 for Poetry In Transit project
Anna is a member of the League of Canadian Poets and a Director of the Chinese Cultural Federation of North America. She holds a B.S degree from Nanjing University and a Creative Writing Certificate from the University of Toronto. Out of her professional IT work she has designed her Poetry Alive Program(Poetry Education Program) which integrate poetry reading with computer arts/audience participation. Her Poetry Alive Program in local libraries, high schools and colleges has been a new approach to help people to explore and appreciate poetry.
Awards Link: http://www.annapoetry.com/?page_id=56
Publications link: http://www.annapoetry.com/?page_id=166
Poetry Alive Program: http://www.annapoetry.com/?page_id=378
Books in Print:
Inhaling the Silence: Mosaic Press 2013 (57 Poems| 70 pages) ISBN: 978-0-88962-994-3 (17.95 $)
Wings Toward Sunlight: Mosaic Press 2011 (75 Poems| 100 pages) ISBN: 978-0-88962-928-8 ( $17.95)
Beyond My Knowing, Farewell to Sunflowers(Chinese/English), Jasimine Starlight.
Poet in the School
Grade Levels: 4 - 12
Poetry Alive Program (poetry reading through PowerPoint presentation with students’ interactive analysis)
For elementary children:
I will select various interesting yet easy-reading poems by other poets and myself which reflect our daily life and connect to Nature. Through introducing several types of poetry (haiku, concrete poem and other short poetry forms), I will display how words, thoughts and images are connected and developed. This enlightening program which will explore the world of imagination and create a joyful experience in words. The presentation is flexible and concluded with question and answer or writing exercises.
For secondary students:
I will select more advanced haiku, free verse and other poems by myself and other poets which focus on relationships, nature beauty, history and the events of our daily lives too. I will show them that how a simple scene can be developed into a profound poem through editing and thinking about it from different angles. I can also adapt my Poetry Alive event to focus on the poets you prefer and share how I am inspirited by them. As I did at the poetry presentation for Raymond Souster at Al PurdyFest, I linked western and Asian cultural traditions to broaden the audience's understanding and spark their interests.
At all my Poetry Alive programs, students are welcome to choose any poems from my book “Wings Toward Sunlight” and I will share the writing process and story behind each one with them.