Category Archives: Featured Poets


World Poetry Celebrates the Talented Musician Laura Kelsey from Canada!


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Ariadne’s Notes!  Our last evening World Poetry Café Radio Show on October 6th featured the music and exciting news of the lovely Laura Kelsey , operator in training Victor Schwartzman and mentor  Elwin Xie completed the program along with a ten minute interview of  Ernest  Nkosi, Director of  Thina Sobabili: The Two of Us, (South Africa) Thina Sobabili: The Two of Us at the Internet Movie Database.

An Academy Award nominated film  which is also nominated for a Golden Globe.  Join the action at:

Music by  World Poetry 24 hour Peaceathon participant, Director  Abdoul Aziz KONE from    Mali,   Agoratoire “Arts and Culture”,Mali international festival of Slam poetry and Humor/ All artists’ poets record a peace song for the world, Africa and Mali.

Abdoul  records a peace song with the children for his country and the world! SI LA PAIX VIENT JAZZ PRE AZIZ SITEN’K DOGFONOS

Laura brought cheesecake treats to celebrate our last nighttime show! Above: Victor, Ariadne and Laura. Photo by Elwin. To hear the show: CLICK HERE!

Exciting upcoming show:







Laura is one of the performers in an amazing new production:  Modern Banshee and The Limbic Landwalkers: the moon, the pool & the string . Date: Oct 15, 7 pm-8:15 pm. Place: HR McMillan Space Centre. A Vancouver collective of musicians and visual artists are performing an independent and interactive event at the Planetarium Oct. 15: an all-original rock musical with coinciding visuals on the dome screen, surprises and gifts for those attending! : 1100 Chestnut St Vancouver BC.  Ticket link: Admission: $20 Sliding scale to free (limited 230 seat capacity.


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Laura Kelsey writes, sings and performs sexy power blues, country noir ballads, suicidal acoustic songs and biorhythmic beat music. In 2014, an album that Laura did lead vocals was nominated for a Western Canadian music award. Songs written by and featuring Laura have played on Canadian, American and British radio stations. “Earth,” a folk/rock song co-written with guitarist Murray Howes, was a finalist in a nation-wide contest; in 2007, Laura organized and produced an album of death/black metal after fronting bands in Vancouver, BC and currently sings with Dispell, a rock funk band. Songs can be downloaded here:


World Poetry Celebrates Jazz Great Richard Nelson from the USA!

Ariadne’s Notes: World Poetry Café Radio Show with hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Neall Ryon and  operator Sarah Jo welcomed the amazing Jazz musician and composer, Richard Nelson who spoke about his latest CD Deep River. To hear this fascinating interview:




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Photo by Joana Morrissey

Composer/guitarist Richard Nelson grew up in the East Bay suburbs of San Francisco. He studied music at Sonoma State and UC Berkeley, where he honed his improvisational chops in the UC Jazz Ensemble backing guest masters like Joe Henderson, John Handy, and George Duke. A few years after graduating from Cal in 1977 he headed east to study composition with Donald Erb at Indiana University (while also playing guitar in the IU Big Band directed by the great David Baker). The eastward trek continued when he made the move to New York City for doctoral work in composition at Columbia with Mario Davidovsky, while also studying with Bob Brookmeyer and Manny Albam in the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop.

Nelson made an impressive recording debut as a bandleader with the sterling 2001 trio session Figurations (Invisible Music) featuring fellow UMA colleagues Chris van Voorst van Beest on bass and Steve Grover on drums. He followed up with 2004’s Origin Story, which marked a major leap as a composer/arranger. An earthy and sophisticated quintet project focusing on his extended original compositions, the album features alto saxophonist Tim O’Dell and trumpet legend Don Stratton. He’s also distinguished himself in the world of concert music, composing both fully notated works and ones incorporating improvisation performed in concerts and at festivals across the country by such groups as Speculum Musicae, ALEA III, and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.

Running through his entire career since settling in New England in the late 1980s is his relationship with the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra. Founded in 1973 by trumpeter and music director Mark Harvey, the band is known for wide-ranging repertoire featuring original works by Harvey, music of Duke Ellington, and diverse concerts spanning jazz, folk, popular and classical traditions.   The group appears on twelve CDs, including seven discs from Leo Records. Over the past quarter century Nelson has contributed several pieces to the band’s book, while performing on all of their albums. A core member of the ensemble, he’s maintained his affiliation with Aardvark since moving up to Maine and considers the band to be “a vital part of my creative pursuits.” Nelson is additionally a Professor of Music who teaches composition and jazz improvisation at the University of Maine at Augusta.

World Poetry Celebrates the Multi-talented Kagan Goh from Canada!

Ariadne’s notes:   The World Poetry Cafe Radio Show with hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Jaz Gill, operator Sarah Jo,  celebrated the talent of Kagan Goh  in a special radio show last night, September 15th. I was honoured to read the Wedding Poem that I wrote for Kagan and Julia, based on my parent’s tradition of having a Weekaversary.  They put aside the day to celebrate and renew their everlasting  love. My parents would be so honoured to know that Kagan and Julia are continuing  the tradition. As a young child, I could join in and share my poems and drawings and even hold a candle. Added to the show, wonderful poems by Jaz and Kagan plus a very moving short story.  Click HERE For the show!


Kagan Goh was born in Singapore in 1969.  After years of traveling, he emigrated with his family to Canada in 1986 and now resides in Vancouver. He is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, a spoken word poet, novelist, journalist and mental health activist. Kagan is an author who has been published in anthologies such as “Strike the Wok”: an Asian Canadian anthology of short fiction (TSAR Publications); “Henry Chow and Other Stories from the Asian Canadian Writer’s Workshop” (Tradewinds Books), SARE 50 (South East Asian Review of English, Issue 50),  “Alive At the Center: an anthology of poems from the Pacific Northwest ” (Ooligan Press) and the Writer’s Studio 2010 and 2012 emerge (Simon Fraser University).  In 2012, Select Books, Singapore, published his first book “Who Let In the Sky?”


(for Kio Kee, Johnny and Xian
I was born a rotten egg.
Why me out of a carton of four?
I’m spoiled.
But my parents didn’t toss me out.
Even when I’m no use.
You can’t eat me,
so why keep me?
They held me in their palms
incubating my ailing heart.
I want to be born all over again.
Maybe God will give me a fresh start.
Then my shell cracked one day
and I fell open
naked, sticky and wet.
to discover I am a black chicken.
I’ve been miscast all along.
They say chickens can’t fly
but just watch me try.
I believe in miracles.
Name one?
I was born.

Kagan Goh (C)