Author Archives: Ariadne

World Poetry Celebrates Honoring the Mothers of the World!


Ariadne’s Notes:

World Poetry celebrated an amazing evening honouring the Mothers of the World  on May 25th at the New Westminster Public Library with special features of :

International poems by Vani Predeep, India, Alfonso Martinez,  Spain, Carmen Lucia Hussain, Brazil   and Bamdev Sharma, Nepal. Also Victor Schwartzman did an audio recording for the first time  of the event for the World Poetry Café Radio Show. Readers were Ariadne Sawyer, Jackie Maire and Carla Evans. Victor posted  Alfonso’s poem and poet, Lozan reading in English and Arabic on our last World Poetry Café Radio  Show, May, 26th.  Hosts: Ariadne Sawyer, Neall Ryon, sound engineer, Victor Schwartzman.

Features: Anupma Garg, Synn Kune Loh, Lozan and MK who presented his new book in Nepalese and English.

To listen to the show, CLICK HERE!

*More poems will be featured on upcoming shows. photos to follow.*

World Poetry Celebrates the Talented Palma Mingozzi from the USA!

Ariadne’s Notes: On May 19th , the World Poetry Café Radio Show, CFRO, 100.5 FM with hosts Ariadne Sawyer and co-host Neall Ryon and sound engineer was honoured to welcome the amazing Palma Mingozzi from Staten Island, New York. Also featured was an e-poem called the Wily Trout  which won Poem of the Year in the US by Howie Mason from Cranbrook, BC.


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Palma Mingozzi is a self-taught artist and writer from Staten Island, New York, USA. She expresses herself in a variety of mediums including oil, acrylic and watercolor. Her interests are in the abstract and include a variety of subjects,infused with realistic themes, including the emotional humane and spiritual. These include beauty, upliftment, awareness, human spirit, wholeness, completion, mystery, fantasy and nature. She is inspired by the beauty of nature people and her environment. She is rooted in the influence of nature, colors, shape and form, and by the artists that she so admires including Michelangelo, Botticelli, Kandinsky and Jackson Pollock.

She has participated in more than 10 exhibits over the period of five years on Staten Island, and her solo debut exhibit was at the GlobalArtGallery in Italy in 2012.

She is a poet and writer and has written several poetry books both in English, The Entitlement of the soul and Emotional upheaval, and in Italian, Brucio Di te, Trofeo, Un’altro Oceano, Erasmo Serretti, Studi in Chromoterapia.

She has been included in Italian anthologies, Il Sentiero delle Muse, Librando L’anima, Goccia a Goccia in honor of Alda Merini, Ciò Che Caino non Sà. She translated both Io l’ho incontrato così by Daniela Straccamore and Erasmo Serretti’s book into English.  She has been included in one Indian anthology,, and has participated internationally in many groups lending her poetry out in places such as Africa, India Canada, Ireland,Pakistan, Spain and Italy.

2015 has brought her to several stages where she recited many poems on stage and introduced international performing artist Rosa Didonna, Bari Italy, in two exhibits, Vertigo Gallery, Times Square and SIABC Gallery, Staten Island, NY.

She held an important exhibit called Essence dedicated to Julia Gardiner Tyler, the president’s wife and the Rose of Long Island at the Babylon town hall in Long Island with the collaboration of Russian ballet dancers and Maestra Adriana Sala-Mascari. Julia was the first to change communication styles in the White House and later sympathized with the  Confederates and moved to Staten Island.

Palma has given a presentation on Italian American immigration alongside Steven Weiss’s exhibit featuring his Milano Collection at the Garibaldi Meucci Museum.  The presentation included 10 poets both local and international and featuring spoken word made to song by June Palo.

She has created a writers group at the Dongan Hills New York public library called International Association of Muses.

She is involved with the Italian Language Club at the Huguenot library of which she is on the language committee and the cooking committee.

Many of her poems can be found in readings on Sound Cloud as she has participated in poetry groups that have included her poems as part of their program on the radio.  Radio Lucrias, La Voce dei Poeti, Poetry Ireland and Parola Mia Programma Radiofonico Web.

Un’altro Oceano won fourth place out of more than 150 poets in the Leandro Polverini Competition for the city of Anzio, Italy.

In 2016, she has become the newly elected president of the South Shore Artist Group and has interviewed with Al Lambert, channel 34.  

Etg books and boulevard books owner and publisher Avi Gvili, held a presentation and reading for my book The entitlement of the soul on February 20th.

OSIA, Order sons of Italy held a writers presentation at the Church of the Most Precious Blood in Mulberry Street, NY of which Palma was included to present her poetry. She has been on Al Lambert’s show, on Staten Island.

Current events will be joint collaboration with John Errante and autographs for autism in raising awareness with Art for autism and the Seton Foundation, Staten Island Dance and Art Center’s Eileen Simonelli and Michele Helf Ajello in a joint venture to have the community’s children participate with SSAG in our annual Conference House Exhibit in June.

Palma was born in Luxembourg and immigrated to the US at the age of 12. She is fluent in Italian and English.  She has been disabled for more than 10 years with a muscoskeletal impairment, and has found that the single most important thing in her life is to heal with creativity. Art in all of its forms is therapy for the mind body and soul.  Her favorite quote is “when you heal the mind the body follows”.  She lives at home with her three children and husband.

A poem by Palma Mingozzi:

A thought before you go.

What’s in a drop of rain

And in an everlasting day?

I don’t know how you feel

but I can see a reflection

Of your need held in the arms

Of a pine tree


That droplet you see

Is a part of me

Sparkling and clean


Made up of dreams and melancholy

Resting on the hope

That you are looking back at me

And thinking the same thing

 (C) Palma Mingozzi



World Poetry Celebrates Oparin Ortiz from El Salvador and Canada!

Ariadne’s Notes:  The World Poetry Café Radio Show on May 12th ,1-2 pm,welcomed the Renaissance  Creator  Oparin Ortiz on CFRO, 100.5 FM along with Lorene Oikawa and an E–poem by David Beaton. A fascinating  show about arts, events and the need for racial unity. Hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Neall Ryon, technical engineer, Victor Schwartzman.

CLICK HERE to listen!


Oparin Ortiz, is a quirky, Vancouver-based multimedia artist. He was a young child when emigrated from El Salvador in the mid-eighties, at the height of the civil war. He is an ally of successful survivors all around the world.



Oparin’s expertise is digital art software. He makes illustrations, animations and is currently testing the world of virtual reality art. He also has a solid background with real-world mediums. He has done works with aerosol, airbrush and makeup. He has also worked with metal, wood and electricity. He has experience as a writer, stage-performer and dancer. His search is to find new  art and tell stories.

Oparin’s accomplishments include performing in plays for Jimmy Crescenzo, Carmen Aguirre and Elaine Carol. Oparin is fortunate to have his art is featured on a sculpture in Seaforth Park in Vancouver, a production for Proyecto Cultural Sur Vancouver.