Anna Quon is novelist and poet, filmmaker and visual artist. Eke and Utter Arts is a spring board from which she hopes to jump off into more of what she loves and find ways to share her work with others who love words and pictures too!
Anna’s first two novels, Migration Songs and Low, were published by Invisible Publishing in 2009 and 2013 respectively. She is currently working on her third novel, one which brings together the main characters from her first two unrelated stories, making a trilogy of the three novels.
Anna has mostly self-published her poetry in small chapbooks and the occasional zine, but her work has received praise from beloved Canadian parliamentary poet laureate George Elliott Clarke who once called her “one of Canada’s most original poets“.
Always a lover of painting and drawing, Anna began going to the Abbie J. Lane Hospital outpatient arts group a few years ago to make art. More recently, she’s been “making” at Wonder’neath Open Studio and while on a writing trip in Toronto, at Creative Spirit Art Centre. She favours the rich and layered colour that is possible in mixed media and collage, but is also “drawn” to pen and ink.
Over the past year, Anna created a 5-minute film of her poem, Missing Women, which is an official selection of the 300 Seconds Short Film Festival and the story poem “What hope looks like” and pictures for a 2017 fundraising colouring calendar which can be ordered through the Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia . She also created an adult colouring book, based on her poem Kindness, that helps raise funds for the Canadian Mental Health Association Halifax- Dartmouth Branch. Order Kindness and Anna’s poetry chapbooks though her personal blog site, annaquon.ca.