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Ann Shin

Ann Shin grew up on a mushroom farm in Langley, B.C. She now lives in Toronto and works as a filmmaker, writer, and radio producer. She directed two documentary films for the National Film Board of Canada: Western Eyes (2000) and Almost Real: Connecting in a Wired World (2003). Shin also directed The Roswell Incident, winner of a Bronze Award at the Columbus International Film and Video Festival, for History Television. Her film, Four Seasons: A Mosaic, was nominated for a 2006 Gemini for Best Performance documentary.
Family China book cover


The Family China

London, Ont.: Brick Books, 2013.
PS8587 .H5514 F36 2013

Publisher’s Synopsis (from it’s website)

In The Family China, her second book of poems, Ann Shin examines the decentering experiences of migration, loss and death, and the impulse to build anew. In five suites threaded through with footnote-like fragments that haunt and ambush the text like memories, the book accrues associations, building and transforming images from poem to poem, creating a layered and cohesive collection that asks daring questions about how we define ourselves.

Awards and Honours

2014 ReLit Awards, Poetry (Shortlist)


The Last Thing Standing

Toronto: Mansfield Press, 2000.

Publisher’s Synopsis (from it’s website)

In The Last Thing Standing, Shin pulls away floors and ceilings in a thoughtful meditation on the concept of home.
From the many lives contained within four walls of a house, to the mortar and beams that keep it standing, she is a telling witness to the love, anger and poignant solitudes that form the spaces we inhabit and make our own.

Anthologies (Poetry)

Crossroads Cant

Blades, Joe, ed.
Fredericton, N.B.: Broken Jaw Press, 1998.
PS8279 .C76 1997


Han Kut: Critical Art and Writing by Korean Canadian Women

Korean Canadian Anthology Collective, ed.
Toronto: Inanna Publications and Eduation, 2007.
PS8235 .K67 H36 2007

Includes Ann Shin’s “Learning to Walk”, and, “Korean Drummers.”


Publisher Brick Books

Publisher Inanna Publications

Publisher Mansfield Press

National Film Board of Canada website that includes the complete film Almost Real.

Shin and Fathom Film Group