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World Poetry Celebrates Special Events and Radio Guests April 27 & 29 and May 5th!

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Here are the upcoming events and the World Poetry Café Radio Show guests! Radio shows: Thursdays, April 28, CFRO 100.5 FM . Guests: Carla Evans and  Raoul Fernandez. 1-2 pm. Phone  poem from India Vani Pradeep for National Poetry Month. CLICK HERE!

May 5, guests: Yaman Saleh , Syrian poet and author and Ehud Asherie,  jazz musician on tour.

World Poetry New Westminster Celebrates National Poetry Month and Spring!, April 27th, 6:30-8:30 pm. New Westminster Public Library







April 29the Media Lab,  Richmond  Cultural Centre. Richmond, BC.


Rapping Afghan: an intimate evening of film, poetry and music”Friday April 29th    7:30 pm – 9:00pm, Richmond Media Lab,7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond BC Canada.Hosts: Ariadne Sawyer and Ying Wang.
First event of Cinevolution’s year around Media Cafe series and part of the national Asian Heritage Month activities, Rapping Afghan brings films, poetry and music together to highlight the Afghan art and culture.  Come with your art to this intimate evening of sharing and celebration.

Poetry by Wida Tausif and others. Need  musicians,  artists, readers in Farsi , poets in other languages. Please register:

The Street Wolves
Special Afghan Films: Rahmat Haidari’s film Street Wolves,  and  RAP Under the Skin of Afghanistan , a brand new film by Sharif Saedi

Event Partners: Cinevolution,
World Poetry, VAHMS ,,  Richmond Media Lab



World Poetry Celebrates the Talented Carmelo Militano from Canada!

Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show with host and producer, Ariadne Sawyer, co-hosts Neall Ryon and Anita Aguirre Nieveras plus super engineer Victor Schwartzman welcomed the amazing poet Carmelo Militano with a preview of his new book :The Fate of Olives’.‘The Stone-Mason’s Notebook,’  a poetry collection, is to be released May, 2016 with Ekstasis Editions.  Also he had tips for beginning youth writers in response to a question asked by e-mail. Also featured:  a  beautiful love poem by Dr. Nihil Kallingal. To hear the show: CLICK HERE!


Carmelo Militano is a poet, novelist, and essayist.
He is the winner of the 2004 F.G.Bressani award for the poetry collection ‘Ariadne’s Thread’.
He has since published another poetry collection’ Morning After You’ and a novel ‘Sebastian’s Vine’ both with Ekstasis Editions and a travelogue/family memoir ‘The Fate of Olives’.‘The Stone-Mason’s Notebook,’  a poetry collection, is to be released May, 2016 with Ekstasis Editions.


‘An artist has no home in Europe except in Paris.’

      Friedrich Nietzsche

I idealize, like most people, North African sunsets

Poetry, Psychoanalysis, narrow cobble stone streets

Believe myself to be a Continental philosopher in a 50’s sort of way

Order a double espresso and a chocolate croissant

Use my reader reward card for the 10% discount

Tell pretty young woman in training

I am pretending its my first morning in Paris

When I took the metro from the Gare du Nord

And exchanged money into thick colourful francs

Do not believe what they say about Parisians

They are not always rude

There was a kind woman short and stout

Smiling alert eyes and glasses

Wearing a brown wool coat even though it was summer

She guided directed me to the St. Michel subway stop

How she knew I needed to be in the Latin Quarter

Add to the list of philosophical unknowable

Merge with the underground to arrive at the Place

Where green bronzed Michael the archangel

Stood in the alcove of the fountain

And two small winged dragons

Breathed swollen ragged edged water into a pool.

I wanted to be your newly arrived gypsy

You were no where to be found

Wandered the streets wearing a black sweater

Found at the entrance to the Tuileries Garden

And into a bar at midnight where a man and woman kissed

He felt my presence and whispered into her ear

‘Qu’est-ce que c’est’ as my pen scratched the surface of things

Into a graph lined notebook each square holding a tiny bit of emptiness

‘Un ecrivain,’ she replied

Back in my hotel room was the mystery of the bidet

Where I chilled my wine read Tropic of Cancer

Exhausted after my greedy walks through the streets

A flanuer of infinite thirst

Drunk on bruised coloured evening light and grey rooftops

I walked everywhere too poor for Les Deux Magots Café

Too shy to sit in such elegant leisure crossed legged reading

Or write in a journal that you remember the deep inhuman sound of the sea

Greeted every morning instead by the old concierge in the stairwell

‘Monsieur, vous etes tres gentil et un auteur’

 But not before I had seen a man with a step- ladder

 And a boy with a goat and tin drum coax it to the top

 A visual French metaphor for seduction if there ever was one

 In front of the cafe where I waited one last time

 Interpreted as a gentil ecrivain in the Latin Quarter

 Writing to a woman in a navy dress with white polka dots

 At the corner of Rue de l’Ancienne Comedie

 And Saint Andre des Arts

 From such stuff something is eventually made

 I said to the young woman at the till

 She smiled, lowered her eyes extended her hand

 Your change, sir.

By Carmelo Militano (C)

World Poetry Celebrates Rachelle Chartrand from Canada!

Ariadne’s Notes. The World Poetry Café Radio Show welcomed the talented filmmaker Rachelle Chartrand  on April 14, 1-2 PM 2016 on CFRO 100.5 FM. Host and Producer Ariadne Sawyer, co-host Neall Ryon and engineer Victor Schwartzman.  CLICK HERE!   

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Rachelle Chartrand is an award-winning screenwriter, author and past-president of Women in Film & Television Vancouver. She has been involved in the film industry for over fifteen years.

first as an actress, then as a creative producer of numerous short films, including a co-production shot in South Korea, and now as a full-time screenwriter and script consultant.

Rachelle has a few projects at different stages of development, including 9630, a paranormal scif thriller with Brightlight Pictures (The Company You Keep, 50/50, White Noise); and FLOW,which has been optioned by Amber Ripley of Goodbye Productions (Sitting on the Edge of Marlene, Entanglement).

As a writer-for-hire, Rachelle was chosen out of submissions from across France and North
America to do the rewrite of an upcoming major motion picture (a biopic/love story) with Firstep Productions (Les Misérables, Midnight in Paris). Rachelle is also in early development with on an epic period piece about Treaty 11 set in 1920’s Northwest Territories.

Rachelle’s first screenplay, FLOW, won an Award of Excellence in Screenwriting at the 2011Canada International Film Festival, was accepted into the Good To Go Program at the 2012Female Eye Film Festival and was a semi-finalist for the 2014 Praxis/Whistler Film Festival Screenwriters Lab.

Her second screenplay, Making of a Faith Healer, was invited to participate in both the Script Development and Good to Go Programs at the 2013 Female Eye Film Festival where it won Best Reserve Screenplay, and was a quarter-finalist for the 2015 Bahamas International Film Festival Screenwriters Residency Program.

In September 2014, Rachelle released her memoir, CHRYSALIS: A Dark and Delicious Diary of Emergence. Described as Eat, Pray, Love meets Bridget Jones’s Diary if either woman was a bulimic, alcoholic divorced twice by age thirty-nine, CHRYSALIS chronicles Rachelle’s heart wrenching, heart-healing metamorphic year. Chrysalis is now being adapted into a TV Series entitled HEAR ME ROAR!

Rachelle has an eclectic teaching resume as well, having taught and counseled students of all
ages, cultures and socio-economic backgrounds locally and abroad. She has a Bachelor of Secondary Education with a major in Physics and a minor in Mathematics from the University of Alberta, but has also taught screenwriting, creative writing and ESL. In addition to teaching in
the public school system, Rachelle has taught in South Korea and India, as well as an
independent school for young offenders in Burnaby, BC and most recently at a private education centre in Vancouver working primarily one-on-one with FASD, autistic and dyslexic students.