Is she a children’s author? Is she a poet? The multi–talented Sarah Yi–Mei Tsiang is both—and a gifted teacher and facilitator besides. Her first release, a children’s picture book called A Flock of Shoes, earned a starred review from Quill and Quire, who called it, “descriptive and punchy.” Named a “10 Best Bets” book by the Ontario Library Association, A Flock of Shoes was also a finalist for the Foreword Review’s Book of the year, and has been translated into both Korean and French.
Sweet Devilry is Sarah’s keen and tender poetic debut. Formally varied, witty, and sometimes whimsical, it celebrates the joys and probes the conflicts of new motherhood. “A book to treasure,” says Helen Humphreys, adding that Sarah is “bound to become a formidable voice in Canadian poetry.”
Founder of several vibrant writers’ groups in Kingston, including the poetry–writing group, The Villanelles, Sarah is also much in demand for school presentations.
Her latest book, Dogs Don’t Eat Jam and Other Things Big Kids Know, is an older sibling’s take on what babies need to understand. Whether it’s advice on turning regular people into parents, learning how to go—and stop—or figuring out the most important words (Mama! Dada! Up!), Dogs Don’t Eat Jam is filled with useful tips and lessons from an experienced older sibling that will help newborns navigate the uncertainties of their new world.
A graduate of University of British Columbia’s MFA program, Sarah lives with her family in Kingston.