Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang has written for numerous journals, and is the author of several poetry collections, including Status Update, poems inspired by Facebook, which was nominated for the Pat Lowther Award. Sweet Devilry, her first book, won the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. She is the editor of Desperately Seeking Susans, an anthology of poems by writers named Susan, and Tag: Canadian Poets at Play.

Also known for her imaginative young adult and children’s books, Sarah is a veritable publishing powerhouse, with eight books in less than five years. Her first children’s book, A Flock of Shoes, earned a starred review from Quill & Quire, was named a “10 Best Bets” book by the Ontario Library Association, and has been translated into both Korean and French.

In 2018, she celebrated the release of two kids’ books, which she launched at our festival. Toesy Toes is a rhyming board book for babies featuring piggledy-wiggledy digits. Of her pre-K – grade 2 book, Sugar and Snails, Foreword Reviews says “this charming twist on a treasured children’s nursery rhyme is ideal for anyone willing to explore what they are made of. Imaginations soar.”

Sarah teaches full-time at Sheridan College. She lives with her family in Kingston.


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Past Festival Appearances

2020: 11. Poetry for Where We Find Ourselves
2018: Sugar and Snails: Children’s Book Launch
2017: 13. Observations on Nature: Memoir, 22. Poetry Reading and Art Show Launch
2014 – 2013 – 2012 – 2011