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indiegogo announcedThis will be our 4th World Poetry International Peace Festival. We have been working hard to put an exciting program together for you!

To make this possible we are trying crowd funding for the first time this year. This gives everyone an opportunity to help, according to your means, and so contribute to world peace. Be sure to visit our IndieGoGo page…

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World Poetry Poetry Proudly Presents Jude Neale from Canada!

The World Poetry Café Radio Show with hosts Ariadne Sawyer, Anita Aguirre Nieveras and host/super tech, Israel Mota welcomed Jude Neale of Bowen Island to the radio show.
A great time was had by all even though there were a few tech difficulties.
Music by Jude Neale, Ariadne and Susan Cogan.

CLICK HERE FOR THE SHOW   (The show seems to have recording problems)

 

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Jude Neale  was shortlisted for the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize (Ireland), The  International Poetic Republic Poetry Prize (U.K),The Mary Chalmers Smith Poetry Prize shortlist (UK), The Wenlock International Poetry Prize (UK), The RCLAS International short story and Poetry Competition (Canada) where she placed second in both categories. She was long listed for the  Canadian ReLit Award and the Pat Lowther Award for female writers for her book Only the Fallen Can See (Canada), shortlisted for Editor’s Choice, Hurricane Press (USA), she placed second in the prestigious 2014 Pandora’s Literary Collective Poetry Competition and recently was a finalist in The Magpie Poetry Competition. She  achieved honourable mention in the Royal City Short Story Competitionand and was recently shortlisted twice for The Magpie Poetry Award. She has justlaunched her third collection of poetry, A Quiet Coming of Light, A Poetic Memoir  (leaf press).

ICE FISHER

Perhaps, you are on a bench
in a park by a river

crying at the sight
of two lovers skating

as if
held aloft by some magical force

You’re a restless ghost tonight
I can’t find the way in to your secrets
and lacy white lies

They press like chloroform
over the mouth piece
of this little black phone

“He’s a Saint” say my friends
as they watch with lips parted

his hands slowly stroke
the supplicant cat

I miss you
I miss your hot breath
suspended like a lantern

between
my benevolent breasts

I miss you

I miss
your clutch of amazement
that untethered me here

to become a finger point
a sky full of oranges

my rusty Italian
broken into
a thousand different tongues

 Jude Neale (C)

Jude’s new book available on Amazon:

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World Poetry Canada International Latest Dates and Venues for October!

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Ariadne’s notes: After a number of revisions and corrections, we finally have the venues and dates! I am thankful and blessed to see it start to come together.

Grateful thanks to: The team members! Those who donated to our crowd funding. The wonderful community partners who have offered so much in kind  support and belief in us. The award winners and international guests and all who have past the word along.

You are the best!

Celebrate the Fourth World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival with us!

Venues:October 6th-27th World Poetry Display at the University of British Columbia, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.1961 East Mall, Vancouver, BC  400 gift poems. Six display cases, 24 hour video  feed.
October 11, Special Opening of World Poetry Vancouver 1-3 pm. Art Gallery, Britannia Branch Library,  (VPL)  Art Gallery,1661 Napier Street Vancouver, B.C. Library Foyer Display of 75 gift poems, October 1-15th. 

October 19, Opening Gala 1:30-4:30 pm. Simon Fraser University, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Room 7000. Vancouver, B.C.  Awards, reading, launches.  October 19, 7-9 pm Dinner and social time.
October 22, 6:30-8:30 pm. New Westminster Public  Library.716 6th Street, New Westminster. BC. World Poetry Night Out celebrates 5 years! World Poetry Peace Poetathon Grand Celebration!
October 25, 10:30 am – 9:00  pm. UBC Learning Exchange, World Poetry Film Festival, Featuring Peace and Human Rights documentaries by young filmmakers from Canada, Afghanistan and India. Awards. Poetry Display. 100 gift poems. Peace Posters by Sattar Saberi.

 We thank our great community partners for believing in us and helping in kind: University of British Columbia, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. TAN The Afro News, UBC Learning Exchange, New Westminster Public Library, Cinevolution, Vancouver Asian Film Festival,  The Britannia Public Library, VPL, Vancouver Asian Heritage Month, The World Poetry Café Radio Show, CFRO, Vancouver Tagore Society, Simon Fraser University, Royal City Literary Society, Shaw TV and Shaw Multicultural(SMC)  and more!

 

 

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World Poetry Proudly Presents Anita Aguirres Nieveras!

Ariadne’s Notes: In a very special World Poetry Café Radio Show that has been achieved, CLICK HERE!

Hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Una Bhruns with technician Israel Mota welcomed Anita Aguirres Nieveras  to the show. Also, we hoped to interview Award winner: World Poetry  Cultural Ambassador, Michael Kwaku Kesse Somuah but due to a time problem, were not able to connect with him but hope to in the future.

We also had an  e-poem about Robin Williams from the talented poet Deo Antonio D. Llamas of the Philippines.

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                Anita Aguirre-Nieveras (Juanita N. Aguirre) is a bilingual poet born in the Philippines.  She started writing poems at the age of nine but kept them to herself.  She finished Bachelor of Arts degree (major in English, minor in Social Science) and B. S. Secretarial Administration (major in Education), an Academic Full Scholar.  With an M. A. in Education (major in School Administration and Supervision) Anita administered her own Prep School and taught English, Humanities, Literature , Social Science and Secretarial skills at the Philippine State college of Aeronautics and the Philippine Air Transport Services School of Aeronautics.

                She brought her Mother to Canada in 1986 and visited relatives in the U.S. but went back to her teaching in the Philippines. She came back to Canada in 1994 to take care of her aging  Mother and sister on a kidney transplant.  She then decided to become a permanent resident of Canada under the Caregiver Program and later took jobs that were not on her line of expertise.  Anita got an ESL Certificate from the VCC after doing volunteer work as ESL tutor for a number of years.  She joined the World Poetry Café at its inception in 1997 and helped in its registration as a Society.  She was published in the World Poetry Anthology and Strange Peregrinations and published her own chapbook, “Potpourri” and book “Two Songbirds Singing” which featured poems on her two young sons who passed away.  She was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the World Poetry in 2004.

                Anita is a lover of nature, maintains a garden as part of her art.  She is active in Senior’s Organizations, one with an on-going project (The Seniors Brigade of BC Society) where she is a facilitator:  The Elder Abuse Awareness  Seminar/Workshop – Vancouver in May, Surrey in June, Burnaby in July, New Westminster this month, Port Coquitlam in September and Richmond in October. 

   Anita is also a member of the Filipino Golden Age Group that entertains in the Nursing Homes with songs, dances and poetry.  She has four adult children:  Marcial Jr., Rowena, Cesar and Aldrine Sean.

WHY?

(For Angelito Amor)                                                          

Angelito   Amor was only 22 years old when he met with an accident.  He was in 4th year Preparatory Medicine.  I was not able to speak to him.  He was already dead when they called the family.

Why did you take him away
In the springtime of his youth
When there were lots of living
And loves still unknown?

Why let him grow so beautiful
So talented, so loving,
That my heart fed on his beauty
And his goodness gave me joy

Why did you stop his laughter
In the midst of happiness
And cut short his great ambitions
When success was almost there?

Why did you turn the stars into dust
When he was reaching for them
And silenced those lips forever
Which uttered gems of words so rare?

Why did you let me watch him grow
Follow his every change
And bind myself to him with love
That I almost knew no pain?

Suddenly You took him
In the darkness of the night
I never had the chance to hear him
He was already cold and numb.

Why did he have to go first,
Leaving me alone to grow old
Without him to hold these hands
When they are weak and cold?

Why, Oh God, did I have to lose him,
I was so careful and loving;
Everything for him, myself forgetting –
You knew how much the pain!              

There was only silence to my whys,
You are deaf and tinder dry;
But my heart is whispering now –
Words never have I imagined.

You are the owner of the garden,
`I – only the gardener,
Why reproach You if You pick
My favorite flower and Yours
To put in Your altar of love
And remain fresh forever!      

 By Anita Aguirre Nieveras

 

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World Poetry Proudly Presents Angel Berry from Canada!

Ariadne’s notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show with hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Anita Aguirre Nieveras welcome the amazing and talented twelve year old, poet, artist and author Angel Berry!  A fascinating interview with Angel telling about her life, her work and hopes for the future. She also read from her new children’s book, the Clouds, co-written by Andrew Lane with beautiful illustrations by Bangladesh illustrator Shubhangi Raheja . CLICK HERE To LISTEN TO THE SHOW!

Music by Enrico Renz and a recording of Angel Barry. To give it added spice, there were  a couple of phone glitches but things improved with the talented hand of tech Israel Mota.

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Twelve year old, Angel Berryis no stranger to success and has already accomplished more than most adults. In April 2014, she wrote published a children’s book called “Ladybug” which was chosen by Scott Baio to be included for a fundraiser for the Bailey Baio Angel Foundation.  Angel was born in Calgary, Alberta in Canada in 2002. She grew up always creating; Angel knew, from a very early age, that she would pursue a path of acting.  “It’s been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember.

Angel’s first passion is acting. She was nominated and walked the red carpet for her “Best Performance” nomination for her starring role in “Anna’s Wish” along with Max Burkholder (Parenthood), Abigail Hargrove (World War Z) and Callan McAuliffe (The Great Gatsby) at the Young Artist Awards 2014

Angel, who has already made a name for herself, starring in a film “Cry From Within” which was screened at Cannes Film Festival in May 2014, was feted for her standout achievement as a actress in the short film, “Anna’s Wish.”  “Anna’s Wish” was featured at the Calgary Underground Film Festival in 2013 and was recognized for superior acting performances.  View the trailer for Anna’s Wish here.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItEe7VTSOgQ&hd=1

Referred to as the Oscar Awards for kids, the Young Artist Awards have honored and jump started careers of other famous young actors including Drew Barrymore, Jason Bateman and Jackie Coogan.

In 2013, Angel caught the attention of multi-platinum music producer, Andrew Lane, who immediately signed her.  Angel partnered with him to co-write and produce a CD, entitled “Reflections by Angel,” of the spoken word genre based upon her poems.  The CD is being considered for a 2015 Grammy nomination. In August 2013, Angel and Lane collaborated on a song dedicated to those who suffered from damage sustained in the recent tsunami in the Philippines. The song is called “Strong.”  Additionally, her music video “Today I Learned” has garnered over 40,000 views on YouTube in just a few short months.  Angel recently appeared on CityTV Calgary to promote her books and her spoken word debut CD release later in 2014 and was also the cover of Avant Garde Magazine in February 2014.   Angel hopes the message of “Reflections by Angel” will transcend and inspire other kids to realize they are empowered and to have the courage to follow their dreams.

Music videos for “Today I Learned” and “No Matter” can be viewed at www.youtube.com/user/AngelBOnline.  Music videos to accompany her two books, “Clouds” and “Ladybug,” will be on YouTube in September 2014.  Her songs are available on iTunes and MTV.

Angel was invited to be a guest panelist for the “When Words Collide” event/workshops for upcoming and developing authors.  She is the youngest author ever invited.  www.WhenWordsCollide.org

She can also add journalist to her resume.  Angel landed a reporter gig with the illustrious KidzHub Network.  KidzHub is a selective program for kids from all nations to have a voice and spread a positive message in a fun and entertaining way.  Angel auditioned in July 2014 with KidzHub founder, Orlando Dillon, who invited her to officially join as a “hubber.”  Angel’s first reporting assignment was Saturday, August 9, 2014 for the live International Summer Broadcast Series 2014.  More info can be found at www.KidzHub.com.

Angel is also heavily involved in philanthropic projects.  She recently partnered with “The Hope For The World Foundation” which provides medical and surgical treatment and assistance to impoverished individuals in the Philippines and Tecate, Mexico.  More information is available at www.hopefound.co.

For more information, visit Angel’s other links:
Official Site:  www.AngelBOnline.com
Twitter:  @AngelBOnline
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/AngelBOnline 

All media and press inquiries, please contact Jill Dale, jdale@bellaluceproductions.com

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The Fourth World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival!

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The Fourth World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival Proudly announces the Empowered Award Winners.

We had over 300 nominations come in, some even six months early. We wish we could honour all of you.

Each nominee was nominated by at least two people, in some cases much more. A check was made as to background, good heart,abilities and the quest for peace. The Empowerment awards are based on these qualities.

This year, the age range is from 12-100!

An award will be given to those that can attend during the month of October, for those who cannot come due to Visas or other reasons, a certificate will be sent to you by e-mail. In past festivals, awards were sent out, but most never reached their destinations. If there is a name or country error, please let us  know.

This list will be going on site and when time permits, a brief bio, photo and a poem or writing will be put on site.

The festival is coming together, created by many hours of volunteer work for peace. We are have launched a Crowd Funding site to pay for some of the costs, rather than have it come out of pocket. For more information: Go to  https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/fourth-world-poetry-peace-festival/x/8284778 and join the team to create empowerment and peace!!This is your festival too and the waves of peace coming from it will circle the world!You can also contribute by becoming a peace connector volunteer and helping out in the festival. Contact: ariadnes@uniserve.com or astarte_sita@yahoo.com

All the best to you and keep up the good work. Peace and the world needs you!

World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival Award Winners!

World Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award: Carol Knepper, Canada.

World Poetry Unsung Hero Award: Mobin Saberi, Canada.

World Poetry Cultural Ambassador   Michael Kwaku Kesse Somuah, Ghana.

World Poetry Music Ambassador Yoshifumi Sakura, Japan.

World Poetry Cultural Ambassador: Mutiu Olawuyi, Gambia.

World Poetry Theatre Ambassador: Oswald Okaitei. Ghana

World Poetry Youth Peace Ambassador: Timileyin Olajuwon, Nigeria.

World Poetry Empowered Poets:

Janet Kvammen, Canada

Elaine Woo, Canada

Honey Novick, Canada

Una Bruhns, Canada

Lini Grol, Canada

Anviksha Srivastava. India & USA.

Corazon Wong Canda, Japan.

Carolyn Mary Kleefeld, USA.

Helen Bar- Lev, Israel

Mamta Agarwal, India

Peter Thabit Jones, Wales

Stanley Barkan, USA

Adisa AJA Andwele, USA.

Samay Hamed, Afghanistan.

Lidia  Chiarelli,  Italy.  

 Murray Kion. Netherlands

Empowered Musician:

Enrico Renz, Canada.

World Poetry Empowered Graphic Artist:

Sainabou Baldeh, The Gambia.

Empowered Filmmakers

Kagan Goh, Canada.

Mary Fowles, Canada.

Rahmat Haidari, Afghanistan.

Ghafar Faizyar, Afghanistan.

Akshat Ajay Sharma, India.

Sharif Saedi, Afghanistan.

*** Three filmmakers from our new partner, Vancouver Asian Film Festival will be joining us as soon as they are selected
 

 

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