Montreal, February 23, 2009
For immediate release

Part of the Montreal Zen Poetry Festival

Join poet/artists Stephen Addiss and Shin Yu Pai in an intimate literary brunch as they explore the connections between the visual arts and poetry, in their own work and in Zen traditions.  The brunch will take place at SoupeSoup Old Montreal, the latest addition to the trio of restaurants known for their wholesome and delicious food and cosy atmosphere.

Stephen Addiss, a renowned calligrapher and poet/scholar/artist will look at the interdependence of word and image as expressed in the tradition of haiga, “a combination of arts that I find fascinating… where a haiku and a visual image can combine to reach a deeper expression than either one might alone.”

Shin Yu Pai, poet, translator and visual artist, will look at her work in terms of its visual/textural languages: “My work is concerned with the contemplation of the spirit and inherent nature of the aesthetic object-both the poem as object or experience, and the subject matter of my poems, which very naturally gravitate towards the concrete, physical world,  articularly the visual arts.”

The event starts at 11 a.m., Sunday, March 08, with a simple but satisfying brunch, followed by the presentations. Total cost for the event is $20 full or $15 concession. Reservations are required. SoupeSoup Old Montreal is located at 649 Wellington Street, two blocks west of McGill Street. For more information go to:

Stephen Addiss is a world-renowned calligrapher and a leading authority on Japanese art, as well as a musician, poet, translator and painter. He has published 36 books and exhibition catalogs, including Old Taoist: The Life, Art and Poetry of Kodojin (2001), 77 Dances: Japanese Calligraphy by Poets, Monks, and Scholars 1568-1868 (2006) and Haiga: Takebe Socho & the Haiku-Painting Tradition (1991). He holds degrees from Harvard University and the University of Michigan, and taught for 15 years at the University of Kansas before joining the faculty at the University of Richmond in Virginia as Professor of Art and Tucker-Boatwright Professor in the Humanities. He is the recipient of four grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and one from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Shin Yu Pai, born in 1975, is a second-generation Taiwanese-American poet and photographer. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, with additional graduate studies at the Naropa Institute. She is the author of Haiku Not Bombs (Booklyn Artists Alliance), Works on Paper (Convivio Bookworks), Sightings: Selected Works [2000-2005] (1913 Press), The Love Hotel Poems (Press Lorentz), Unnecessary Roughness (xPress(ed)), Equivalence (La Alameda), and Ten Thousand Miles of Mountains and Rivers (Third Ear Books). Her work is anthologized in America Zen: A Gathering of Poets (Bottom Dog Press) and The Wisdom Anthology of North American Buddhist Poetry (Wisdom Publications). In addition to her work as a poet, Shin Yu has exhibited her visual work at the Paterson Museum, the Dallas Museum of Art, the McKinney Avenue Contemporary, and the Three Arts Club of Chicago. Currently, Shin Yu Pai lives with her husband in Seattle where she is pursuing graduate work in Sociocultural Anthropology and Museology at the University of Washington.

Contact Person: Myokyo, Enpuku-ji/Centre Zen de la Main 514.842.3648