Category Archives: Featured Poets


World Poetry Celebarates the Amazing Christopher Jentsch!

Ariadne’s Notes: A fascinating radio interview with the creative musician  Christopher Jentsch on the World Poetry Café  CFRO , 100.5 FM , on August 31, at 1: 35 PM,  Music from his CD Fractured Rock was included along with at poem that he wrote for one of his productions. Christopher also spoke about the strength of Jazz but the difficultly of making a living, due to down loads and other internet availabilities. This seems a problem that is coming up more and more with many creative people.  It seems like there must be some answers to this situation. Any ideas? Check out his You Tube video channel JentschChris

Contact him directly at

A great interview.  LISTEN TO THE SHOW HERE!

*Thanks to Braitwaite and Katz communications.






Christopher Jentsch has had  the following fellowships from American Composers Forum (3), New Music USA, Meet the Composer, New York State Council on the Arts (3), Ucross Foundation (2), and most recently, Chamber Music America/Doris Duke New Jazz Works, which commissioned his new work Topics in American History. The work had its world premiere on Friday, December 2 at ShapeShifter Lab in Brooklyn, NY, and was also performed on Sunday, January 8 at IBeam, 168 7th St., Brooklyn. It was performed by Jentsch Group No Net, a nine-piece chamber jazz ensemble conducted by JC Sanford with Jentsch on guitar,Michel Gentile on flute, Mike McGinnis on clarinet, Jason Rigby on saxophone, David Smith on trumpet, Brian Drye on trombone, Jacob Sacks on piano, Jim Whitney on bass, and Eric Halvorson on percussion.

As a bandleader and sideman Jentsch has performed in clubs and concert halls throughout the East Coast, and has worked with such diverse musical personalities as George Russell, John Cage, Maria Schneider, and Chris Wood. He appears as a guitarist on the CD John Cage, Volume 11 (ModeRecords 41). He is also featured in Scott Yanowa’s book The Great Jazz Guitarists (2013 Hal Leonard). Jentsch has released five CDs as a leader.

Jentsch attended Berklee College of Music and has liberal arts and jazz guitar degrees from Gettysburg College, New England Conservatory, and the Eastman School of Music. He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Jazz Composition from the University of Miami in 1999 and is published by the University of Northern Colorado Press, Advance Music, and Fleur de Son Records.

Fight the Fray – by Chris Jentsch (C)

What is which, and why is who?

Take the names. Submit to you.


Where is when? Yet why is now

before there’s after anyhow.


Take the hit, not fit to quit.

Held together with dirt and spit.


How’s this feeling in my bones –

no escaping from this jones.


Why is what, so fight the fray,

which is where I had to say.

2017 Chris Jentsch Events:

April 7, 2017 – Fractured Pop CD/DVD release on the Fleur de Son label.

June 9, 2017 – Jentsch Group Quartet at IBeam, Brooklyn NY (8:00 PM) – CD/DVD Release Concert

(Jentsch, Matt Renzi, Jim Whitney, John Mettam).

Ongoing – Last fall was the debut of Jentsch’s YouTube channel JentschChris. Six hours of content including an entire 2012 set from Jentsch Group No Net (HQ),selections from a 2015 trio date, two jazz orchestra records, live modified aleatoric music for two mixed chamber quartets, and more.

 You can find him at :

Topics in American History by Christopher Jentsch and Jentsch Group No Net has been made possible with support from Chamber Music America’s 2015 New Jazz Works Program funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

World Poetry Celebrates The Talented Sophia Xinyuan Zhang!

Ariadne’s Notes: A special  World Poetry Café Show , August 30 , 1-2 pm on CFRO, 100.5 FM. We welcomed two wonderful guests, Sophia Xinyuan Zhang with poems in Mandarin  and information on a great new Contest listed below.  Also on the program, we were honoured to welcome  talented Jazz Musician  Christopher Jentsch with his new CD, Fractured Pop and a poem.




Poet and World Poetry  Canada International Director, Sophia Xinyuan Zhang,  a long-time supporter of community programs and city services. As an administrator, facilitator, communication coordinator, writer, poet, teacher, auxiliary city employee, and a passionate volunteer, Sophia has planned, organized and hosted many community events at the RPL, VPL, as well as many other community places. Sophia has extensive experience working with immigrants to facilitate multicultural education and is an effective advocate in supporting people to achieve their life goals.

Celebrate Canada 150-great contest for all!

Canada and Me – From Far and Wide

2017 Multicultural Creative Writing Contest & Festival

For celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday and Culture Days, for encouraging multicultural creative writing and lightening up community spirit, WS Immigrant and Multicultral Services Society will host ‘Canada and Me – From Far and Wide: 2017 Multicultural Creative Writing Contest and Festival’, sponsored by Culture Days, BC Culture Days, City of Richmond, Richmond Art Centre and Richmond Public Library.

Time: August 16, 2017 – September 15, 2017

Who can submit: everyone has a special connection with Canada include Canadian citizens, permanent residents, international students, refugees, any visitors are in Canada or have been to Canada, or have any family or friend in Canada.

What to write: anything related with Canada, any story between you and Canada, your close family or friend’s story in Canada, or write about a Canadian place, movie, food, sport, etc. Poems, essays, short stories, drama, songs, plays, etc. are all encouraged. Must be original writing. Each submission shall be no more than 500 words; if written in other languages rather than English, please provide English translation at least a brief English translation. If you prefer, you can provide a brief writer’s introduction and a photo to be published in the book. Submissions are very welcome.

Prize: 150 writings will be selected by WSIMS Contest Committee as ‘Most Inspirational Writings 2017″ for a publication; among the 150 writings, 15 will be awarded as “Touching Canada 2017” and shared on the 2017 Multicultural Creative Writing Festival on September 29.

Please note: WS Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society reserves the right to use the submitted works for publication purpose.

How to submit: please submit email to


Ancestral Home

In a dream last night, I came back to my ancestral home

As usual, Grandma was talking with me, kind and gentle, all smiles

It was a Spring, flowers were blooming, the toon trees were sprouting

The dogs Pirate and Black Bear had gone hunting

With my cousin for three days

In a dream last night, I came back to my ancestral home

Grandpa bathed in sun setting, bare footed, with kiddos

Busy catching fish and shrimps in a creek

A fat fish bumped over me, causing beautiful splashes

In a dream last night, I came back to my ancestral home

Happened to be Dragon Boat Festival, Grandpa made cakes with new rice

Under the bright moon and stars, neighbors joined us in high spirits

We chit-chatted sitting on a huge natural stone ground

In a dream last night, I came back to my ancestral home

Under the HuangJue tree of a hundred years stood Grandma, who  waved and waved

The car drove by several mountains and hills, I still saw Grandma’s waving

And the top of the huge white fig, Grandma’s lasting elegance

*Pirate and Black Bear: two dogs names.

**Grandma’s grandson,my cousin.

***HuangJue tree: a kind of ficus virens, big and tall, beautiful shaped, often can grow hundreds years old.

English Translator: Mingfu Liu.

Sophia Xinyuan Zhang (c)   ( All rights reserved)



Snow, falling again

Dawn to Dusk

Without a gentle word, or a passionate whisper

But I’ve seen, I’ve seen, the love letter

The sky is writing to the earth

Fallen leaves feed nutrition to the root

Dancing snow rewards the ground a warmer blanket

What could I share with you

Nothing, nothing, but,

If you are expecting, next Spring

The lush green

would grow

where now

covered by the white snow.


Sophia Xinyuan Zhang (c)   ( All rights reserved)

  • Poems in Mandarin hopefully will be put on site .


World Poetry Celebrates First Nations Youth!


Ariadne’s Notes:

The World Poetry Radio show  with guest host Wanda -John Kehewin  on August 17, 1-2 pm CFRO 100.5 FM was so honoured to  feature two First Nations Youth  in an powerful  show filled with wonderful poetry, music, jokes and even a Happy Birthday song! The message to the youth of the world was exceptional as well as a good message to the children.

I absolutely loved this show-best ever! Thanks to Victor Swartzman for keeping us on the air and reading a Big Bessie story; Don Amero and Wayne Lavallee for the beautiful music.

More later.