Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang is a poet, children’s writer and teacher. Her books of poetry include Grappling Hook (2022) with Palimpsest Press, Status Update (2013), which was nominated for the Pat Lowther Award, and Sweet Devilry (2011), which won the Gerald Lampert Award. She was shortlisted for the CBC poetry prize in 2019 and longlisted for the CBC poetry prize in 2018. Tsiang’s poetry has won the Arc Magazine Reader’s Choice for Poem of the Year, and was shortlisted for the UK’s Forward Prize for Best Single Poem, Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse contest, the Bliss Carman Poetry Award, and the Re-lit Award. Her work has also been featured in Best of the Best Canadian Poetry and many other anthologies. She is the editor of the poetry collection, Desperately Seeking Susans (2013). She is the proud recipient of the Bliss Carman Ring (which was given to her by her writing group who knew how much she coveted the prize — she never actually won the damn thing).
Tsiang is also the author of 8 children’s books, including picture books such as A Flock of Shoes, the non-fiction Warriors and Wailers, and the YA novel Breathing Fire. Sarah’s work been published and translated internationally, as well as named to the OLA Best Bets for Children 2010, Best Books for Kids & Teens from 2011 to 2014, the Toronto Public Library’s First and Best Book List (2012), and the Top Ten List for the Amelia Bloomer Project. Her works have also been shortlisted for the Blue Spruce and Silver Birch Award by the Ontario Library Association. She is currently the Poetry Editor at Arc Poetry Magazine and The Creative Director for Poetry In Voice. She periodically teaches in MFA optional residency program at UBC and is a mentor for the Vancouver Manuscript Intensive.
You can see some of her work here:
Or you can view her C.V. for a full list of publications and awards.