Category Archives: World Poetry Lifetime Achievment Award Past and Present Winners.

Information on all the World Poetry Lifetime Achievment Award Winners and memorials for them on the World Poetry Cafe Radio Show. Updated as needed.

The Fourth World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival!

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The Fourth World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival Proudly announces the Empowered Award Winners.

We had over 300 nominations come in, some even six months early. We wish we could honour all of you.

Each nominee was nominated by at least two people, in some cases much more. A check was made as to background, good heart,abilities and the quest for peace. The Empowerment awards are based on these qualities.

This year, the age range is from 12-100!

An award will be given to those that can attend during the month of October, for those who cannot come due to Visas or other reasons, a certificate will be sent to you by e-mail. In past festivals, awards were sent out, but most never reached their destinations. If there is a name or country error, please let us  know.

This list will be going on site and when time permits, a brief bio, photo and a poem or writing will be put on site.

The festival is coming together, created by many hours of volunteer work for peace. We are have launched a Crowd Funding site to pay for some of the costs, rather than have it come out of pocket. For more information: Go to  https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/fourth-world-poetry-peace-festival/x/8284778 and join the team to create empowerment and peace!!This is your festival too and the waves of peace coming from it will circle the world!You can also contribute by becoming a peace connector volunteer and helping out in the festival. Contact: ariadnes@uniserve.com or astarte_sita@yahoo.com

All the best to you and keep up the good work. Peace and the world needs you!

World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival Award Winners!

World Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award: Carol Knepper, Canada.

World Poetry Unsung Hero Award: Mobin Saberi, Canada.

World Poetry Cultural Ambassador   Michael Kwaku Kesse Somuah, Ghana.

World Poetry Music Ambassador Yoshifumi Sakura, Japan.

World Poetry Cultural Ambassador: Mutiu Olawuyi, Gambia.

World Poetry Theatre Ambassador: Oswald Okaitei. Ghana

World Poetry Youth Peace Ambassador: Timileyin Olajuwon, Nigeria.

World Poetry Empowered Poets:

Janet Kvammen, Canada

Elaine Woo, Canada

Honey Novick, Canada

Una Bruhns, Canada

Lini Grol, Canada

Anviksha Srivastava. India & USA.

Corazon Wong Canda, Japan.

Carolyn Mary Kleefeld, USA.

Helen Bar- Lev, Israel

Mamta Agarwal, India

Peter Thabit Jones, Wales

Stanley Barkan, USA

Adisa AJA Andwele, USA.

Samay Hamed, Afghanistan.

Lidia  Chiarelli,  Italy.  

 Murray Kion. Netherlands

Empowered Musician:

Enrico Renz, Canada.

World Poetry Empowered Graphic Artist:

Sainabou Baldeh, The Gambia.

Empowered Filmmakers

Kagan Goh, Canada.

Mary Fowles, Canada.

Rahmat Haidari, Afghanistan.

Ghafar Faizyar, Afghanistan.

Akshat Ajay Sharma, India.

Sharif Saedi, Afghanistan.

*** Three filmmakers from our new partner, Vancouver Asian Film Festival will be joining us as soon as they are selected
 

 

World Poetry Proudly Presents Mutiu Olawuyi from The Gambia!

Ariadne’s Notes:

CLICK HERE  for the show! The World Poetry Café Radio Show with hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Israel Mota proudly welcomed the award winning poet and author Mutiu Olawuyi  for an exciting show of poetry, news on the World Poetry Peace Poetathon as it had a wonderful venue in Gambia promoting peace for the world. Thanks to Mutiu and all the participants for making the program such a success!

As Israel said, Mutui is a world treasure. Also, featured was the incomparable Corazon Wong Canda, author of  her lovely e-poem Peace is.

Music by our friends, Ablaye Cissoko and Volker Goetze , Amankke Dionti.  Background music by Yo -Yo Mah on the cello playing Bach’s unaccompanied Cello Suites.

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Mutiu Olawuyi, Head of Department of English – West African International School Gambia, is a Gambian-based Nigerian poet, critic and literary activist. He is an international award-winning poet – 2012 International Who’s Who in Poetry Awardee, USA; 2013 World Poetry Empowered Poet Awardee,Canada, Honorary Professor – International Art Academy, Volos, Greece, and 2014 Marqui’s Who’s Who in the World Listee, USA. He has authored four books of poetry (i.e. American Literary Legends and Other Poems [2010], Thoughts from the Jungle [2012], 9/11 Poetry [2012], and The Journey to the Archangels [2013]) and has edited numerous international anthologies, journals and magazines. He invented a new form of poetry in 2012 called 9eleven – a poem of 9 lines written with 11 syllables. Mutiu also has some of his poems, short stories and research papers published  in online and offline journals and magazines in India, Ireland, England, Canada, Greece, Nigeria and USA. Some of Mutiu’s works have been translated to Yoruba, Arabic, French, Esperantos, Malayalam, Telugu and Hungarian. Go to http://versesofthejunglepoet.blogspot.com for more information about him.

A short lyrical poem:

UNDER THE IROKO TREE

Under the tree, Iroko……

There we display our games. We are happy; We are healthy…

Under the tree, Iroko….

 

THE EARTH BEAT

I’ve toured the orb; Glanced through the top;
Throated the mixed drop
Smelt downs and ups –

I’ve turned the wit;
Crossed the coarse bridge
With no food lived
Trees fanned no breeze…

I toiled for days
To get my hay
Low gains high pains
Dry warred my rains…

All these for peace
All these for ease
All these for kiss
Though these I miss…

The earth we breeze
Has wished for this…

Mutiu Olawuyi ©

 

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World Poetry Certificates at the World Poetry Poetathon in The Gambia. Photo courtesy of Mutiu Olawuyi

World Poetry Presents Bernice Lever & Enrico Renz from Canada!

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Ariadne wrote: We are celebrating an exciting collaboration of poetry and song with Bernice Lever and Enrico Renz. They will be performing January 22nd at  World Poetry Night Out at the New Westminster Public Library. For a good article on Bernice from The Vancouver Sun:

A poet, freelance editor and workshop leader,  World Poetry Lifetime Achievment  award Winner Bernice Lever, enjoys Bowen Island life. Her 10th poetry book is “Imagining Lives”, Black Moss Press, 2012. She edited WAVES magazine, 1972-1987.

Bernice’s travels let her to read poems on 5 continents. Her grammar & composition CD is “The Colour of Words” .

Active in many writing organizations, she is delighted to hear and help other writers. Bernice gets “high” on words. www.colourofwords

Dance on the Days

Dance on the days
when the fog smothers all
when the frost climbs the wall
when the sun blisters flay
when the moon stays away, you are not alone.

Dance on the days
when you hear His song,
the love of the Lord
holding you strong
in the crush of crazy times, you are not alone.

Dance on the days
when all your joints pain
when your head aches again

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Enrico Renz

Enrico Renz

Enrico Renz, Song writer and poet.

“I’ve just recently begun to perform my songs again after a twenty-five year hiatus. They’ve matured nicely. There are some new ones too. I like it when a song comes to me in such a way that I surprise myself. I see myself more as a song gardener than a song builder. The work lies in tending the song. It takes a lot of time and care and just being with the song to let it grow.

Playing chess and playing improvised music for contact dancers, are two other things I do passionately. Both these pastimes reflect on my approach to song writing.

Chess is all about creativity. To be successful, you have to imagine possibilities one step further than your opponent. But chess is also about precision. A single over-looked pawn can render the most elaborate strategies meaningless. Coordinating the rhyme, rhythm, sense and mood of a song so that not a note or syllable seems awkward, feels a lot like dreaming up and pulling off a spectacular checkmating sequence.

On the other hand, improvising with dancers is all about spontaneity. The music and the dance influence one another profoundly, but when the flow is perfect, there is no telling who is leading whom; the dance feels true. While my songwriting involves considerable crafting, I’m still reaching for that same flow and that same truth.”

Benevolence 

Enrico Renz
March 10, 2012

the benevolent Universe theory came up again today
according to that faith
the worst horrors imaginable
are all part of the wonderfulness of the fabric
from some future perspective
all suffering will turn out to have been a gift
not knowing
not understanding
being kept in the dark
is all part of the deliciousness of this bitter cup
like the taste of olives
we’ll learn to love it
Mother Nature’s butterflies and flowers will seem all the brighter
for her gruesome teeth and claws
oh how we’ll laugh when
the scales fall off our eyes
and the atrocities we perpetrated on each other
reveal themselves
as kindnesses