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Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang

Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang


Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang is the author of the poetry books Status Update (2013), which was nominated for the Pat Lowther Award and the Re-lit-nominated and Gerald Lampert award-winning Sweet Devilry (2011). She has been widely anthologized in such collections as Best Canadian Poetry 2013, Poet-to-Poet (2013), the Newborn Anthology (2014) and Mothering in Precarious Times (forthcoming). She is also the editor of two poetry collections, Desperately Seeking Susans (2013), and the forthcoming Tag: Canadian Poets at Play.

Sarah is also a children’s writer of picture books, non-fiction, and young adult fiction. Her children’s work has been published and translated internationally, as well as named to the OLA Best Bets for Children 2010, Best Books for Kids & Teens 2011, 2012, 2013, & 2014, and the Toronto Public Library’s First and Best Book List (2012), as well as nominated for Ontario Libraries Association Blue Spruce Award and the Silver Birch Award. Her children’s titles include A Flock of Shoes, Warriors and Wailers, The Stone Hatchlings, Breathing Fire, The Night Children, and the forthcoming Sugar and Snails and Everyone Has Toesy Toes.

Sarah is the recipient of numerous writing grants in different genres and has also served as a jury member for grants for the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. She has served as the Writer-in-Residence for Open Book Toronto and led numerous writing workshops at festivals and readings throughout Canada. Sarah has also worked as a mentor through Booming Ground (UBC), Kingston Wired Writers, and the enrichment program at Queen’s University. She has extensive experience mentoring in the genres of poetry, children’s writing, YA, and fiction.

Sarah believes deeply in the philosophy that it takes a village to write a book. She endeavours to create a classroom in which students take pride in finding the beauty in each other’s work and in learning how to help one another find and refine their unique voices. As all writers are readers first, Sarah encourages her students to read widely and wildly and to find inspiration in the talent that surrounds them.