Creative Non-fiction essay about filming with defectors selected into Best Canadian Essays Anthology

16 January 2015

Marc Glassman of POV Magazine encouraged me to write about my experience filming undercover with North Korean defectors during the making of a documentary called The Defector: Escape From North Korea. It was wonderful to work with him on the personal essay and the result was an extended piece called Lessons Learned Undercover.  The essay was selected into The Best Canadian Essays Anthology which will be launched February 2, 2015.  Come on out on a cold night and hear readings by Priscila Uppal, Christopher Doda, myself, and other contributors to The Best Canadian Essays Anthology.

Monday Feb 2nd at 7pm (readings at 7:30pm)
Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton Street, Toronto

Refreshments and revelry‒no admission charge

Review: Ann Shin “continues to stun readers with her innovation and attention to craft…”

16 January 2015

A wonderful review of The Family China in Prism Magazine written by Claire Matthews. An excerpt of the review is attached here, and here is the link to the review:

“The Family China is rich with layers, a dark undercurrent beneath language both simple and haunting. Shin has the skilled ability to evoke whatever landscape she wishes, to bring the reader there and make them feel as if they really know that world. She takes the reader behind the scenes, behind each poem. Shin lures readers further into the world she created and leaves them breathless.”

The Family China Shortlisted for two more awards: Acorn-Plantos Award and ReLit Award

16 January 2015

The Family China, winner of the Anne Green Award, was also shortlisted for two more awards, most recently the ReLit Award, which will announce winners shortly.

Canada’s ReLit Award–founded to acknowledge the best new work released by independent publishers–may not come with a purse, but it brings a welcome, back-to-the-books focus to the craft.

The book was also shortlisted for the Acorn-Plantos Award for People’s Poetry at the end of 2014.

Book-signing at INSPIRE! Toronto International Book Fair

15 November 2014

Looking for something warm to do on a cold winter’s day? Come by the inaugural INSPIRE! Toronto International Book Fair. Ann will be signing copies of her award-winning book The Family China at 1:30pm on Sunday, November 16. She’ll be at the Brick Books pavilion with Heather Cadsby and other Brick authors. Other featured events that day include readings by Sarah Richardson, Dalton Higgins, Amanda Lindhout, Halli Villegas and Molly Peacock.

Family China Review in The Goose

24 September 2014

The Family China has been reviewed in The Goose. Check out the article written by Lindsay Diehl, which notes a “stunning ability to identify and pursue certain truths”.

Ann Shin Wins Anne Green Award

10 July 2014

Ann Shin is the WordFest 2013 Anne Green Award winner! She received the award for her book of poetry, The Family China, which was presented at WordFest as “multimedia performance culminating in a cathartic china-smashing that grappled rawly and musically with the profound messiness of human relations.”

For more about the Anne Green Award, visit: