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World Poetry Celebrates the Amazing Ruth Kozak!


Ariadne’s Notes: On August 1st, the World Poetry Cafe radio show,  CFRO 100.5 FM, welcomed the exceptional Ruth Kozak to the show at 1 pm PST! We were lucky  to have her on the show since she is leaving at the end of the month for Greece , Wales and time permitting, Crete.  Ruth read several poems and part of of her beautiful volumes on Alexander the Great, the Shadow of the Lion. When she was on our last show, she described an (imagined) encounter with Alexander the Great which seemed magical and real to me. I hope she sees him again on the trip. The show also featured e-poet ,Paramananda Mahanta from India and Egyptian filmmaker Tarek Mounib, Free Trip to Egypt. Also a new story by Sharon Rowe for her second book!

On behalf of the World Poetry Team, celebrating our 21st year on the air, we wish Ruth a wonderful trip filled with knowledge and joy.


Ruth Kozak researched her historical novel SHADOW OF THE LION while living in Greece. Published in UK by, in two volumes: BLOOD ON THE MOON (2014) and THE FIELDS OF HADES (2016) the story follows the events after the death of Alexander the Great. The full novel, SHADOW OF THE LION is also now available on Amazon Kindle. Ruth is a travel journalist and her aKindle e-book ATHENS AND BEYOND was published by Hunter Publishing U.S.  Ruth instructs writing workshops in New Westminster and Vancouver. She is a member and president of the BC Travel Writers Association, member of Royal City Literary Arts and hosts the bi-monthly series “In Their Words”.

World Poetry Celebrates Free Ticket to Egypt!


Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Cafe, CFRO 100.5 FM, welcomed the creator of Kindness Films, Tarek Mounib and his new movie Free Ticket to Egypt .  He called in at 1:30 pm PST to talk about his new film which will be featured at Vancity Theater in Vancouver, August 4, at 6:45 pm followed by a Skype Q and A with him.

For more information about what you can do to join this worthy cause, go to:

I was so impressed with the amazing work that Tarek is doing to bring people from diverse backgrounds together through his film and site. Coming up in  September is Take The Pledge  found on the site. I encourage everyone interested to go to the site, see the movie and do what you can to help the world to heal and to make a difference.

Also on the show was Ruth Kozak reading poems from one of her books about Alexander the Great. Sharon Rowe of Big Bessie fame had a new story and the e-poem by  Paramananda Mahanta from India read by Victor Schwartzman.



Free Trip to Egypt takes audiences on a remarkable journey, in which an unlikely group of travelers to the Middle East find themselves transformed by the power of human connection.  

Tarek Mounib, a Canadian-Egyptian entrepreneur living in Switzerland, is troubled by a world that seems ever more divided and polarized. In response to increasing levels of anger and hatred towards “the other” on American social and broadcast media, he resolves to reach out to the very people who fear his culture, with an intriguing idea. 

With the aim of trying to build mutual understanding, Tarek travels across the United States in order to find Americans who feel threatened and offer them a Free Trip to Egypt.

Inspired by Free Trip To Egypt, musicians Glen Philips and Jason Karaban come together for inspirational new song.


World Poetry Celebrates the lovely Anita Lo!

 Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Cafe radio show  on CFRO 100.5 FM welcomed Anita Lo in a special book launch where she also kindly acted as co-host and read the poem of Mr. Hongri Yuan , a well known folk poet from China in Mandarin as well as poems from her new book. A lovely, gracious lady who has a lot to offer.


Anita Lo’s lyric voice is informed by a lovely musicality. In these poems she considers kindness, community and connection through ideas of both the natural world and her neighborhood in Vancouver, Canada. It’s rare for a poet to write in two languages and here Lo displays sensitivity and a simple elegance in both.”

Elee Kraljii Gardiner, author of serpentine loop and Trauma Head.

“Anita loves poetry and is passionately fond of music. Poetry and music together are her two wings, which allow her to gracefully and tastefully float in a lovely blossoming garden of literary arts, rather like a diligent honeybee seeking to collect a diversity of nectar’s.

     This book is the first jar of nectar collected by Anita, natural, fragrant and sweet.  We anxiously look forward to the future appearance of even more remarkably rich publications.”

William Chan, President, The Chinese Canadian Writers’ Association

A poem by Anita:

A Fictional Girl

Perhaps you don’t know that forever

I have put you on the stage

you hide behind the banana trees

then you rise up over the trees

your elegant billowing dresses affront

I want my eyes to open wide

and never leave you,

not even for a second.

Perhaps you don’t know that forever

I have put you in my pictures

you carry a full basket of berries

as you walk along the river

singing with the birds

talking with the flowers

sweeping sweat from your forehead

talking to the flowers

sweeping sweat from your forehead

I want to walk beside you forever.

Perhaps you don’t know that forever

I have put you in my songs

please sing them for the banana trees

sing them for yourself

sing them for nature

and remember to sing them for me

their melodies help me catch you

perhaps you don’t know it

but you have become part of my life forever

 Anita Lo (C) All rights reserved.