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To make this possible we are trying crowd funding for the first time this year. This gives everyone an opportunity to help, according to your means, and so contribute to world peace. Be sure to visit our IndieGoGo page…

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World Poetry Proudly Presents Ruth Kozak from Canada!

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Ariadne’s notes: The World Poetry  Café Radio Show CFRO. 100.5 with hosts Ariadne Sawyer, Anita Aguirre Nieveras and new Tech Israel Mota proudly welcomed the author and educator Ruth Kozak to the radio  show in celebration of her new book: In the Shadow of the Lion. A special and informative interview which  covered her travels to Egypt and her future plans for a book release in Greece as well as a new e-book about Egypt.

World Poetry Empowered Poet Award Winner, 2014  Honey Novick with her song Adio Querido from  her CD New Songs For Peace, First Canadian Partner New Millennium with UNESCO.  PLEASE LISTEN TO THE SHOW NOW!








RUTH KOZAK is a historical fiction writer, sometimes poet and travel journalist with a strong interest in history and archaeology. A frequent traveler she has lived several years in Greece and visits there regularly. She edits and publishes a travel e-zine TRAVEL THRU HISTORY Her historical fiction novel, “Shadow of the Lion” about the fall of Alexander the Great’s dynasty, will be published in UK in 2014 by Media Aria- CDM Publishers. .  Read here author’s profile here:   and on the blog site for SHADOW OF THE LION:


Blogs:  (writer’s blog)  (travel blog)


With the fan base of Alexander the Great themed historical book, SHADOW OF THE LION, counting among its numbers the Consul General of Greece in Vancouver, Ilias Kremmydas, best selling author Steven Pressfield (‘The Legend of Bagger Vance’ and ‘Gates of Fire’) and fellow historical novelists, Scott Oden (‘Men of Bronze’) and John Dempsey (‘Ariadne’s Brother’), all eager to read the work by W. Ruth Kozak, MEDIAARIA CDM are pleased to announced that SHADOW OF THE LION is timetabled to be published in two parts.

Extensively researched in Greece with the support of Classical scholars, the Greek Ministry of Culture, the Society of Macedonian Studies (Thessaloniki), the Finnish Institute in Athens, the Norwegian Institute of Athens and with research undertaken in the Gennadius Library and the British Library, SHADOW OF THE LION will comprise of Book I, titled ‘Blood on the Moon’ and Book II, titled ‘The Fields of Hades’. Mutually agreed by both the author and publisher, it was felt that both these titles possess the quality of conveying (in the words of W. Ruth Kozak) “strong foreshadowing that will draw people into the story.”

Set in the aftermath of the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BC, and against the backdrop of political intrigue, ruthless ambition, racial prejudice, child abuse and exploitation, SHADOW OF THE LION follows the journey of the newly appointed joint-kings, Alexander’s half-brother Philip Arridaios and his infant son, Iskander (Alexander IV) through Asia Minor to Macedon, until the year 310 BC when tragedy marks the end of Alexander’s dynasty.

To be a part of this literary event and join the ‘Shadow of the Lion’ open social network group on Facebook, click here.

To keep updated with posts from W. Ruth Kozak via the dedicated ‘Shadow of the Lion’ blog, click here.

To read more about the creation of this thrilling novel in a recent interview with the author given to FTP Magazine (the free online magazine from MEDIAARIA CDM) click here.

SHADOW OF THE LION is the first historical novel by W. Ruth Kozak to be published by MediaAria CDM. Book I ‘Blood on the Moon’ is due for release Summer 2014 and Book II ‘Fields of Hades’ in 2016. Source: MediaAria CDM Publisher.

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In Loving Memory, First Nations Vera Manuel from Canada!

World Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award Winner , mentor to many and supporter,Vancouver-based Secwepemc-Ktunaxa playwright, poet, and storyteller, was honoured in a special World Poetry Café Radio Show Program, on July 22, with co-host poet and writer Wanda Kehewin and Ariadne Sawyer. This is one of the series honouring those who have passed to another world. Music by Mary Young Blood and Honey Novick. Tech: Israel Mota!
Ariadne and  Wanda presented her poems , told stories about her, and read from her play The Strength of Indian Women,  about residential-school life.
Vera  Manuel and Gabriel Bartleman, Tsartlip elder were instrumental in helping to create, Ariadne’s upcoming book, Love Poems for the World, Dream Offerings. Ariadne read a poem that Vera dictated to her in a dream poem called Vera’s Speaks.   *Sadly, yet another  show not archived so we cannot link it.

Vera was the eldest daughter of Grand Chief George Manuel, the first president of the National Indian Brotherhood.

Her play, Strength of Indian Women was staged through-out North American and published as in the anthology Two Plays about Residential Schools (along with Larry Loyie). Her work was honoured with inclusion at the Native American Women Playwrights Program, housed at Maima University, in Oxford, Ohio. Her poetry has appeared in various publications, most recently in ROCKSALT: An Anthology of Contemporary B.C. Poetry.

She was given a Life-time Achievement Award by the World Poetry organization here in Vancouver and the Aboriginal Writer’s Collective will be arranging the publication of her work in the near future. She was a Poet-in-Resident with the Aboriginal Media Lab.

She was the daughter of cultural leader Marceline Paul and political leader George Manuel Sr. She is survived by her loving dog U’tspo and 4 loving brothers; Arthur, Richard, George Jr., and Ara; her 4 loving sisters; Emaline, Doreen, Martha and Ida; and her numerous loving nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her Mother, Marceline Paul, Father, George Manuel Sr, and Brother Robert (Bobby) Manuel.   Partial source: The Georgia Straight.

When I First Came to Know Myself.

When I First Came to Know Myself,
My mother said,  “ I was only three years old
and traveling up in the mountains
with my grandparents. My grandfather
 and grandmother loved me
 very much and took me
 everywhere with them
and taught me everything.
At that time I knew my place
 in the world.
I knew where I came from
and where I was going.
Everything was clear to me,
That is when I first came to know myself.
Then the priest came
and took me from my people
and I lost everything.
I came to know myself again later in life
I quit drinking and it all came back to me,
my grandparents teachings.”

“When I first came to know myself.”
I said, “ I was already a woman
almost 40-years old, until then I had
no knowledge, I had no place in the world
and I knew nothing about my people.
When I first came to know myself
I was sitting inside the sweatlodge
praying with my mother
listening to her gentle voice
speaking in her language to the spirits.
Greeting them as if they were
 old friends come to visit.
It is very dark and the air
is thick with cedar,
I sat bent with tears
streaming down my face.
Crying because I felt so safe.
And for the first time in my life
I felt clean. That is the time
when I first came to know myself.”

By Vera Manuel  © Source: The World Poetry Anthology, 2000, World Poetry Publishing.

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World Poetry Proudly Presents Alan Girling and Paulina Constancia!

Ariadne’s notes: In a special World Poetry Café Radio Show hosted by Ariadne Sawyer and guest host Anita Aguirre Nieveras, we had the pleasure of welcoming Paulina Constancia, on tour from Singapore and Alan Girling presenting his new chapbook: Less talk.

Also a beautiful peace song by World Poetry Empowered Award Winner Honey Novak added joy to the show. To hear this wonderful show CLICK HERE! Link is not working at this time.









Alan Girling lives in Richmond, works in Vancouver, and writes in his head and in his heart. His work has appeared all over, in digital, in analog, in person, and once even in a shop window in Hamilton, Ontario. He was a finalist for the 2003 Larry Turner Award for non-fiction and winner of Vancouver Co-op Radio’s 2006 Community Dreams Poetry Contest. His short play, ‘Whatever Happened to Tom Dudkowski’ was produced for Vancouver’s Walking Fish Festival.

Here is the cover for the new chapbook:

Cover Scan 001









The woman there 
 smartly hatted & dressed
with the dish of lasagna in her lap
was actually sobbing
trying to contain her tears
for public transit’s sake
so I asked
was there anything I could do
though it was clear
there was nothing to do
but listen: 
to her story
of the people she’d baked it for
the people not
her friends
who never could be her friends
even after the party
even with the lasagna
she just knew
it to be the case.

It could be she saw me
eye the dish
I didn’t say how good it smelled
or she may have sensed something
truer than false in me
because when we reached the next stop
and the doors opened
she gave me a fixed look
shy   piteous   glistening
and placed the dish in my open hands 
nodded once
and then stepped off.

That evening the talk was of
the wisdom
of eating a stranger’s food
but I knew
from her look
a kindred thing
that some things given and
with grace received
no matter who, how or where
mean communion
and further event
and I felt
for the moment
along the clogged fissures of my heart
that no one needed to taste.
this woman’s lasagna more

 than I did.

Alan Girling (C)




Paulina Constancia (b. 1970) is a Filipino-Canadian artist and poet. Her works have been exhibited in the Philippines, Indonesia, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Mexico, The Netherlands and in various cities in the USA and Canada. A permanent collection of her works is showcased at the Paulina Constancia Museum of Naïve Art [MoNA] in Cebu, Philippines. Paulina currently lives in Singapore with her husband and son. She actively creates and teaches arts and crafts as well as conducts art therapy for women and children in the Asia-Pacific region. She has recently finished a 6-nation traveling exhibition and workshop series  entitled Moments of Motherhood {M.O.M.}. She integrated scrap fabric and other materials into her paintings to symbolize the shared moments between mother and child. She believes ‘it’s these little moments that matter, it’s these little moments that we remember.’

Paulina Constancia has published a bilingual collection of poetry “Brazos Abiertos/Open Arms” (Vancouver, 2003) and a bilingual collection of short stories “Cuentos Hispanofilipinos /Hispano-Philippine Stories” (Manila, 2009). Her poems have been featured in Revista Filipina (e-magazine)and Contra Tiempo (Latin American magazine in Chicago).

For more info about the artist and her works, please visit
her website:
and her blog:

For more info on her books
Brazos Abiertos/Open Arms

Cuentos Hispanofilipinos/Hispano-Philippine Stories



You birth.
You cherish.
You protect.
be you feathered,
whiskered, shelled
or legged,
such noble task 
you’ve been assigned.
The rewards that await-

from Paulina Constancia’s book -”Brazos Abiertos/Open Arms” (World Poetry Publishing, Vancouver, 2003)

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World Poetry Proudly Presents Dr. Diego Bastianutti from Italy & Canada!

 Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show with Hosts Ariadne Sawyer and guest host Anita Aguirre Nieveras with tech Israel Mota, welcomed the renaissance man Dr. Diego Bastianutti , poet,  writer, award winner, artist and tennis player!

Also, featured for the first time!  The world Poetry Canada International Theme song, Circle of Blue  composed by World Poetry Music Ambassador Yoshimi Sakura , played by the lovely professional pianist Mamotu Yabuki and record in front of a live audience at Gerwand Halle in Hiroshima on the 17th of May, 2014.

  To listen to this fascinating poet and the show in English, Tagalog, Spanish and Italian : CLICK HERE!

20140512_145056-008Featured Poet:

Dr. Diego Bastianutti has a number of publications:
A Major Selection of the Poetry of Giuseppe Ungaretti, in 1997, winner of the “1998 John Glassco Prize”; and three volumes of poetry,  His third bilingual collection, Per un pugno di terra/For a Fistful of Soil was awarded the 2008 International Literary Prize Umberto Saba. He has completed a fourth volume, The Bloody Thorn. His award-winning poetry and short stories continue to be featured in various journals and anthologies in the Americas and in Europe.

He is a former literature professor at the University of Toronto and Queen’s University. He held the diplomatic post of Honorary Vice Consul of Italy for 18 years in Eastern Ontario. Currently he is a Canadian Correspondent for a cultural agazine in San José, Costa Rica. He delights in doing art work and writing plays and short stories not always for publication



I want to slow the streak of stars
the lunar flashing curve
in the night sky
my love
I want the world to wake a little late each morning
the tides to ebb a little later
the sun to sleep a little longer
the fields to patiently wait the harvest moon delayed
the rivers to check their flow
my love
their waters stretching out and lazily
cascade over the lip
never quite falling
I want yesterday today and tomorrow
to blur into a never ending moment
as I sit across from you
my love
and see the woman
into which all women blur
and know you
by the touch that heals
my love

the caress that cares
the kiss that loves
the look that kills

Diego Bastianutti ©

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