On FRIDAY, MARCH 14 Ann will be hosting a Poetry Reading and Poetry Smashing Event at the Eastern Edge Gallery – FREE! Please RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/284162738406861
We hope to see you there – don’t forget to bring some old porcelain and china to SMASH!
In the latest issue of MAWA – Mentoring Artists for Women’s Arts Magazine – Melanie Dennis Unrau dissects the title of Ann Shin’s book of poetry, The Family China, uncovering the politics of porcelain figurines and the joys of smashing them.
“You can find the title of Toronto filmmaker and writer Ann Shin’s poetry book The Family China (2013) tucked inside a short poem near the bottom of a page. The speaker tells the story of her wedding, when the “sambuca shots / came out” and the guests threw the wrong plates,
breaking the family
china your mom
shrieked, your dad
grabbed another and
On the cover of the book is a photo of a blond-haired angel figurine, captured right after her head has been shattered with a ham- mer; her intact face falls in front of her body in a grotesque shrug.”
Read the full critical writing piece on page 11 of MAWA NEWS Spring 2014.
I’ll be reading and giving a workshop at literASIAN Festival in Vancouver this week.
Workshop: Leveraging Literature in New Media
Saturday Nov 23, 1.00pm – 3.00PM
UBC Learning Exchange, 612 Main Street, downtown Vancouver
When you write a story or a suite of poems, they shouldn’t end up in your drawer. In this age of digital media, a literary work could also become an article, a blog piece, a Huffington Post blog, an iPad app. This gets your work read more widely, but even more interestingly, it allows your work to morph into new forms.
Family China Book Launch
Sunday Nov 24, 2pm at 612 Main Street, Vancouver.
I’ll be reading from The Family china on Sunday, Nov 24 at 2pm at the UBC Learning Exchange on 612 Main St, in Chinatown. There will also be a book fair with the wonderful authors Denise Chong, Evelyn Lau, Terry Watada and many others. Can’t wait!
For more information: http://literasian.ricepapermagazine.ca/events