World Poetry Celebrates Alnoor Gova & Anushka Azadi !

Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show with hosts, Ariadne Sawyer and Neall Ryon with Super Engineer Victor Schwartzman and special volunteer, Sharon Rowe, welcomed  Alnoor Gova & Anushka Azadi  to the studio, CFRO, 100.5 FM. Also featured was poet Kevin Morris from England who was not able to call in due to a phone problem. He will be trying again on Jan. 26th at 1:40 pm PST.

To hear this special show CLICK HERE!


*Note: all of the above people in the photos have given their permission to be in this poster.
Alnoor Gova’s research focuses on the present Canadian political scene, largely in the areas of Citizenship, Multiculturalism, Immigration, National Security and Law; with a particular focus on anti-Muslim racism aka Islamophobia. PhD Research: “Responses to and interpretation of anti-Muslim racism in Canada : a community perspective” (2015), Available at: Community Research: The Impact of Racial Profiling (2008) co-authored with Rahat Kurd, Available at: 

An Essay titled: “Reading Khadr: Making Sense of Canada’s Reluctance to Do the Right Thing” co-authored with Robert Diab in Ed. Williamson’ Omar Khadr, Oh Canada’ (2012). Alnoor is a producer/co-host with a collective that broadcasts three weekly legacy public affairs shows “Bulland Awaaz”, “the Rational” and “Wednesday Democracy North” on CFRO Vancouver CoopRadio, member owned and operated broadcasting since 1975. Alnoor is passionate and opinionated speaker and has presented at conferences and panel discussions as well as organized and facilitated public forums on a variety of social justice issues for well over a decade. A Co-founder of the Siraat Collective and has worked with a variety of organizations including the Asian Heritage Month Festivals in Metro Toronto and Vancouver. A long Standing board member Neworld Theatre, and Nahid Siqququi Dance Company and recently Vancouver CoopRadio

Anushka Azadi and Alnoor Gova also produce and co-host weekly public affairs shows on CFRO Vancouver, and recently produced a a series of discussions with leading Canadian experts sharing their analysis on C-51/AntiTerrorism Act 2015 titled “Unpacking Anti-Terrorism”, these discussions started in 2014 are continuing and will be uploaded regularly – they are help Canadians better inform themselves about the Anti Terror Laws and can be found here:

Anushka is a queer Indian-Muslim writer, performer and anarchist revolutionary with burning buildings in her dreams and the weapons of love and chaos in her hands. You can find her on the road and in the streets, traveling between the front lines and the city. Look for her first all-poetry chapbook to be published this year amidst the ruins of the old empires.

World Poetry Celebrates Hélène Levasseur !

 Ariadne’s Notes: On January 5th, 2017 from 1-2 pm, The World Poetry Café on CFRO, 100,5 FM welcomed the talented Helene Lavasseur to the show for an exciting mixture of poetry and music. E-poets: World Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Richard Doiron from Canada  and Nolan Holloway Jr ( from the US. Hosts: Ariadne Sawyer and Neall Ryon, Super engineer, Victor Schwartzman, Special Volunteer Sharon Rowe.




Hélène Levasseur once an Elementary School Teacher in Ontario became a Trade
and Consumer Show Sales and Marketing Specialist doing exhibitions at the Vancouver Trade 
and Convention Centre and the B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver.

In 1989 Helene experienced a tragedy while golfing which disabled her, causing her to experience
trauma for 27 years. Through rehabilitation, she now enters 2017 hoping to experience triumph.

Hélène however in her time of seclusion recorded a cd in 1999 entitled “Catch the Fever” and founded the Holy Wow Poets in 2009. Recitals occur at 7:00 pm on the 1st Tuesday of every month at the Act Theatre in Maple Ridge. Her poetry club is alive and well and still in fruition.

Unable to return to work she remained active composing music, and keeping a poetic journal. She became a lyricist and a quirky rhyming poetic story telling queen.

For decades Hélène kept a journal with an el grandeur rhyming technique. In 2017 she has launched her “Marie Noelle’s Medley” poetry book that she has prepared for family and friends and now you dear poets…

She also created the Holy Wow Poets Anthology in 2013 and has been published in the Festival of Lights yearly poetry booklets and the Royal City Poets Anthology (Silver Bow Publishing). Hélène was an Award Winner in the Maple Ridge Earth Day Poetry Contest. 

She participated in past Honouring our Vets anthologies and others. Hélène is called “Cheers and Chuckles” as this how she is. She is delighted to share her love for her Creator and thanks Him for His Healings galore and all her family and friends and acquaintances that have spruced her up as she recovered and rehabilitated for over a quarter of a century!  It’s been a long haul.

Many thanks indeed to all of you who help Hélène Levasseur to move forth with vim and vigour in the years to come. ” :









Our last World Poetry Café Radio Show of the year on December 29, 1-2 pm PST, featured our team of valued volunteers: Ariadne Sawyer, MA, Host and producer, Neall Ryon, co-host and Jazz expert, Victor Schwartzman , wonderful  sound engineer  and special volunteer Sharon Rowe, dog minder of Willow and good office  volunteer of CFRO, 100.5 FM.

So many people have written asking about our team that we thought it was fitting to share more information and poetry.  Also, as Coop Radio gets ready to move back to our last location, it is important to have a record program that can be played in case of need.

We are celebrating 20 years of being on the air and want to thank Coop Radio staff and programmers for all their support and kindness as well as all the hosts and guests we have had over the years.

Also, we would like to thank the 90 countries that now listen to us on a semi regular basis.

Since we are a member supported show which costs $ 1,000 per year to keep us  on the air, we would greatly appreciate any membership or donation. Please go to and click on membership section and put in the name of the World Poetry Café . That way, the membership or donations will go into our account and not in general funds!

Photo credit: Neall Ryon.

Enjoy our “Meet the Team Show! ”     CLICK HERE