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World Poetry Vancouver and New Westminster, BC ongoing events.

On tonight! Feb. 22 World Poetry Celebrates Black History Month!


World Poetry Celebrates Black History Month!

Our 13th year!

February 22, 6:30-8:30 pm, New Westminster Public Library, 716, 6th Street, auditorium.

Hosts: Author  Roger Blenman and Marce Miller

A  tribute to women of colour, past, present and future.

Features: Candice James, Siobhan Barker.

Short film by Stacy-Ann Buchanan, youth filmmaker Stigma, depression and anxiety.

Music and dance  by the Children of Zion Vancouver.

Lavana La Brey

Come celebrate with us.

Free raffle, open mike.

Info: contact Ariadne Sawyer, or 604-526-4729. Article in Tan, The Afro News:



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 Evelyn Sangster Benson !

Ariadne’s Notes: Ariadne’s Notes: On December , 15, 1:00 pm. PST, CFRO 100.5 FM, Hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Neall Ryon with super engineer, Victor Schwartzman and volunteer Sharon Rowe welcomed the talented teacher , storyteller and historian for an informative show full of tips on writing your own family stories and illustrating the tips with great stories of her own. Featured e-poet:  Author Dimitris P. Kraniotis from Greece.  Christmas Music by Tone Proust. (Sharon’s favorite teacher) 






Born at New Westminster B.C. in 1934, Evelyn Sangster Benson is the youngest daughter of former Mayor J. Lewis Sangster. The Sangster family has deep roots in the Royal City reaching back to 1894.   Evelyn’s husband of 62 years, Don Benson, is New Westminster’s Poet Laureate Emeritus.

                Evelyn’s first book is a Best-seller in New Westminster:  “A CENTURY IN A SMALL TOWN – One Family’s Stories”.  Evelyn has been gathering oral history most of her life and her remarkable memory allows her to retell stories told TO her in her childhood years by her grandparents, parents and other kin.  As a high school teacher, she realized how interested her students were as she related stories from “the olden days”.  Urged by her students to “write a book”, Evelyn put it off until she realized her 80th birthday was on the horizon.

                Now, at speaking engagements, Evelyn urges others to put their family’s stories and anecdotes down in written or recorded form for the generations to come.  Her enthusiasm is an inspiration to her family and to other Seniors. Her book won the “Best book of 2013 Award” from the Genealogical Society of British Columbia.

   Evelyn tells me her new book  “A CENTURY IN A SMALL TOWN – More Family Stories” is available on and at Black Bond Bookstores. A great gift for Christmas!