The World Poetry Café welcomed the talented Koyali Burman , World Poetry Canada International Cultural Ambassador, in a fascinating interview on the arts, dance, poetry and healing with a focus on Kathak dancing and hand Mudras. Also featured was World Poetry Director Alaha Ahrar with a inspirational message, Poems by Mamta Agarwal , a story by Sharon Rowe, Creative Rocks Tips, by Ariadne Sawyer all under the expert controls of Victor Schwartzman , the sound engineer.
Koyali is a graduate from the University of British Columbia. Besides her rising professional career, Koyali is an accomplished Kathak dancer a North Indian classical dance form. From a tender age of 3, she was fascinated to Kathak dance form. She has also learnt Rabindra Nritya and Mohiniyattam dances. She has received awards and featured in numerous Television, stage performances and radio interview in India and Vancouver.
Being the Cultural Ambassador of the World Poetry Canada International she is creating awareness in Vancouver of glorious Indian classical dance and focusing on exploring connectivity with Kathak, poetry and therapeutic value of one of the Indian dance form. If poetry could come to life, you’d find Koyali Burman dancing and teaching.
She has also reverence for global learning and development and fortunate to have worked with some of the well known women like Frances Ferreira who share her interest in international development.
Koyali also does Healing Workshops in the Vancouver, B.C. Canada area.
On December 7, 1-2 pm PST, the World Poetry hosted a special tribute to Franco De Santis, a Italian Canadian Poet living in Hamilton Ontario, Canada . He was born in Morolo, Italy near Rome and Â came to Canada in 1967. De Santis is the author of 11 published books in Italian and the winner of over 20 literary awards. His new book, Selected Poems had been translated by Diego Bastianutti and allows English speaking readers to connect with the poet for the first time. In celebration of this book, published by Hamilton Trinacria Association is offering free books (only postage needs to be paid)
Exquisitely presented by Anna Ciampolini Foschi and Diego Bastianutti, the show featured his poems in English and Italian.
Special E- Peace Poets Preethi Saravana, India and Danny Teller from China. Another Big Bessie Story from Sharon Rowe, read by the wonderful voice of World Poetry Café technician Victor Swartzman. Note: The World Poetry Café is honoured to welcome Professor Diego Bastianutti as a co-host of the show once per month.
Anna Ciampolini Foschi lives in Vancouver, B.C.Â A short story writer, freelance journalist and translator, she co-edited three major anthologies: Emigrante, Writers in Transition and Strange Peregrinations: Italian-Canadian Literary Landscapes. Literary awards include First Prize (2007)Literary awards include First Prize (2007) Citta di Forli and First Prize Italian Week-Ottawa (2010). She is a founding member of the Association of Italian Canadian Writers and co- founded the F.G. Bressani Literary Prize. She has lectured in Italy and Canada. Her works are published in Canada, Italy, U.S.A. and Costa Rica. Anna was inducted in the Hall of Fame at Vancouver’s Italian Cultural Centre
Diego Bastianutti, from Fiume, Italy, has crossed many borders separating States as well as “states of being.” He is at ease with various languages.
After a few years in international banking on Wall Street, he took up his tenure as Professor of Spanish and Italian literature at Queens University from 1970 to 1997, while holding the post of Honorary Vice Consul of Italy (1977-1995).
He retired in Sicily for six years, where he spearheaded a movement for the understanding of the process of integration and assimilation of new immigrants from North Africa.
Since his arrival in Vancouver, and thanks to his own personal background as a Julian Dalmatian exile, he has come to know and understand the sense of alienation of the people in DTES (Vancouver Downtown Eastside), but he has also been struck by their resilience, their undeniable humanity and dignity, and their sense of community. This experience inspired him to write a collection of poems dedicated to them. Similarly, the international photographer Jon Guido Bertelli was moved to produce a set of powerfully moving photographs. The poems and photos were mounted in two successful exhibits in Vancouver in 2016 and 2017. The exhibit was also mounted in Trieste, Italy this past April, invited and financed by the University of Trieste and the Julian-Dalmatians in the World.
Prof. Bastianutti has received wide recognition here and abroad for his work as a writer, poet and translator. His prize-winning poems, articles and short stories have been featured in various national and international literary journals and anthologies. Currently he is a free-lance editor, a Canadian correspondent for an Italian literary magazine in San Jose, Costa Rica, and a member of the Association of Italian Canadian Writers, the Canadian Authors Association, and the Federation of BC Writers.
His socio-historical articles, short stories and four collections of poetry have become material of study in a graduate course offered at the University of Toronto.
On November 30, 1-2 pm , PST, CFRO, 100.5 FM, The World Poetry Café was honoured to present the talented, poet, writer, artist and musician, Synn Kune Loh.
It was a profound and moving show, probably the most moving of our 18 years plus existence on the show. Synn Kune Loh read poetry, sang songs and talked about his new book, The Ping Pong Diaries. Which is being published by Silver Bow Publishing in January. The healing process, dealing with challenges and transformation were discussed as personal stories were shared.
The World Poetry Team, Ariadne Sawyer, MA, Host and producer, Victor Schwartzman , Technical engineer and Sharon Rowe, Special volunteer. Music by Synn Kune Loh. Selected e-poems from the World Poetry E-Anthology on the main page.
Synn Kune Loh is a visual artist, a painter, a poet ad a song writer.
He is the author of a book of poetry titled “A Journey to Camatkara,”and a CD, “Return to the Boundless Light.” He was born in China and grew up in Hong Kong.
He received a BA in psychology from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticutt, U.S.A.
While studying for his MA in Cultural Psychology at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario,he took a trip to Paris and discovered his passion to make art. He went to the Ontario College of Art and began a career as an exhibiting artist. His early paintings were abstract landscapes,followed by themes that stem from a metaphysical content.
His poetry has an unique expression that is both touching and inspiring. Diagnosed with early Parkinson’s Disease, he used Ping Pong as a healing agent, and wrote a book titled “Ping Pong, Parkinson’s, and the Art of Staying in the Game.” The book will be published by Silver Bow Press in January, 2018.