Yin Anna

Anna Yin
Anna Yin was born in China and immigrated to Canada in 1999.  She has authored five poetry books, including Wings Toward Sunlight (2011) and Inhaling the Silence (2013), which were published by Mosaic Press. Anna has won a number of poetry awards, including the 2005 Ted Plantos Memorial Award and the 2010/2014 MARTY Awards.  Her poems in English & Chinese and ten translations by her were in a Canadian Studies textbook used by Humber College. She has been interviewed by CBC Radio, Rogers TV , CCTV and TalentVisionTV etc.  Anna was a finalist for Canada’s Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Award in 2011 and in 2012.  Her poem “Still Life” was displayed on 700 buses in 13 cities across Canada for the Poetry In Transit projectin 2013/2014.  Anna was a "Living book" for the Living Library at the Mississauga Campus of University of Toronto and was invited back in 2015 and is current Ontario representative to the League of Canadian Poets.  Anna received 2013 CPAC Professional Achievement Award. Her "Poetry Alive" events have pioneered a new approach to poetry, combining computer arts and audience participation and will be featured at 2015 Austin International Poetry Festival. Her workshops are welcomed at schools, colleges and libraries, especially for the Poets in Schools Program. Anna holds a B.Sc. degree from Nanjing University and a Creative Writing Certificate from the University of Toronto. She lives and works in Mississauga, Ontario.

Awards Link: http://www.annapoetry.com/?page_id=56
Publications link: http://www.annapoetry.com/?page_id=166
Interviews: http://www.annapoetry.com/?page_id=877
Poetry Alive Education Programhttp://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 (Second Printing 2014): Mosaic Press 2011 (75 Poems| 100 pages) ISBN: 978-0-88962-928-8 (17.95 $)
Beyond My Knowing, Farewell to Sunflowers(Chinese/English), Jasimine Star Light.

Website: www.annapoetry.com | email: anna.yin@gmail.com

Poet in the Schools
email: anna.yin@gmail.com
Grade Levels: 4 - 12
Fees: Standard

Classroom Approach:
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.