Anna Yin’s Haiku project won a MAC’s 2022 MicroGrant

Mississauga Arts Council Announces 2022 MAC MicroGrant Program Winners

Former Mississauga Poet Laureate Anna Yin’s 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. Please check the detail and how to register.

Anna Yin’s 24 haiku inspired by Neville G. Poy & Vivienne Poy’s Precious Moments

To celebrate National Poetry Month & Asian Heritage Month, Anna Yin wrote 24 haiku that were inspired by Neville G. Poy & Vivienne Poys 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!

(1-12)

spring again…
magnolia trees
turn sky pink

*
cool morning air
along Muskoka trail
spider’s web shines

*
tapping from woodpeckers
sudden splash from the beaver
as hikers turn

*
loons’ calling
scattered diamonds on the lake
the sun rises

*
in Vivienne’s still pose
a red fox passing her—
a still rock

*
on the top of
the green glass lake
canoe gliding by

*
pause for new bud
squirrel in its praying pose
shutter clicks

*
unfurling
the red rose’s hues:
Neville’s exact lens

*
love-hate
fawn visiting
Poys pray flowers be spared

*
behind a green wall
children’s laughter
rises from gooseneck loosestrifes

*
horizontal rainbow…
whose brush splashes
this colorful scarf?

*
summer sunset
diving through swimming rings
mallard ducklings

(13-24)

heat waves
hovering over red crocosmia
hummingbirds whizz

*
pink water lily
mirroring herself…
full moon night

*
claiming their crab apples
mother bear and her cubs
up and down Poys’ trees

*
in fall winds
butterflies flit
among mums’ blooms

*
autumn lake view
by Poys’ cottage
free oil paintings from masters

*
floating in the wind
milkweed seeds…
someone’s love story?

*
ritual for life…
arranging dried peonies and hydrangeas
in hollowed logs

*
through bare branches
a pink moon rises
beyond the dusky ravine

*
fluffy snow
Vivienne, a child again…
the gentle touch of snowflakes

*
tracks in snow
mixed footprints
from un-invited visitors

*
Christmas party
outside the Poys’ cozy home
glittering ice crystal

*
up high the sunroom
blooming geraniums
and the family’s winter spirit

Anna Yin : 2022/04/30

Anna’s other two poems for Dr. Vivienne Poy:

Reading Vivienne Poy’s Passage to Promise Land (2013) and The Family Tree (2015)

Brief guide to haiku:

Poem in Your Pocket Day 2022

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. 

The Spirit of Poetry Across Ontario reading event (April 21)

Readings by Poet Laureates across Ontario in celebration of National Poetry Month.

Apr 21, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. EDT Virtual on Zoom

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

Watch Replay: Poem in Your Pocket Day Reading at Atwater Poetry Project (April 19)

https://www.crowdcast.io/e/app-online-piyp

Tuesday, April 19, 2022 from 7:00 to 8:15 pm EDT

Poem in Your Pocket Day at Atwater Poetry Project
To celebrate Poem in Your Pocket DayLa Journée du poème à porter, readings by poets Andrée Levesque SiouiAnna Yin, and Bänoo Zan, with guest host Marcela Huerta.
In partnership with La poésie partout and the League of Canadian Poets.

George Elliott Clarke Presents 5 Poets Breaking Into Song

George Elliott Clarke Presented a night of poetry, music and song by 5 fine poets and 2 wondrous musicians on April 6, 2022. Thanks Aurora Public Library, Ontario and The League of Canadian Poets

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)

Author Talks: Anna Yin on April 6 at Mississauga Public Library

This National Poetry Month, Author Talks: Anna Yin at Mississauga Library went well.

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

Mark Allen Everett Poetry Series: Anna Yin and Grace Lau

Click the above to register in advance for this meeting.

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)