AJA, a Barbadian-born, Internationally Known Poet Coming to the Festival!

 

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The Fourth World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival welcomes the internationally known performance poet , filmmaker and musician AJA! This is an amazing one time opportunity to meet AJA in person and hear his great performances.  He will be coming in on the October 22nd and leaving on October 27th. If you want to meet him or invite him to perform, please contact Ariadne at 604-526-4729  ariadnes@uniserve.com.   Don’t miss seeing his film at our festival! All events are free.

He will be featured at The World Poetry Night Out Fifth Anniversary, October 22nd at 6:30  PM at the New Westminster Public Library and  his film The Journey at the World Poetry Peace and Human Rights Festival at the UBC Learning Centre Exchange on October 25th.  Opening at  10:30 am. (Film time coming soon)

 Check out Machine Gun Bullets:              http://youtu.be/zImnSdzDpaM

AJA poet is a Barbadian-born World Music & Jazz poet and musician based in New York. AJA blends Jazz and R&B with various Caribbean rhythms – including Reggae and Calypso, to create a unique sound.  This provides the platform for him to deliver his thought-provoking and engaging poetry. AJA has taken performance poetry to the international World Music, Jazz and Poetry Festivals stages; and his works have also been internationally published.

A feature of AJA is his intensity on stage. His work is captivating with heart-wrenching imagery that is engaging – “edutainment”. From his emergence as a poet, AJA has focused on global issues such as war, hunger and the abuse of women and children. But in 2003 he decided to do more and transformed his poems from the stage and the page into practical initiatives in Barbados, other Caribbean territories as well as in Sierra Leone, West Africa.

In 2003 he was made a UNDP Spokesperson on Peace and Poverty Eradication for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean.  He is also a UN Women Caribbean Partner for Peace; and a member of the UN Secretary-General’s Network of Men Leaders – promoting and mobilising activities for the “UNiTE: End Violence against Women” Campaign.

www.reverbnation.com/ajapoet      

Tel: 917-797-9173       Email: ajapoet@hotmail.com
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World Poetry Proudly Presents Bernice Lever From Canada!

 Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show with hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Jaz Gill with techs, Israel Mota and Rob welcomed Bernice Lever to the show. Due to an address mix up, Mahe Jabeen Baig, was not able to join us  but will be with us  on the radio show on October 28th with Sherry Duggal. Both  Bernice Lever and Mahe Jabeen Baig, will be speaking at The Fourth World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival Gala, October 19th.

We have around 100 people waiting to go on the radio show and will now begin having two guests per show. Please be patient with us. To hear the incomparable Bernice:

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Bernice Lever ,born in Smithers, BC, was a founder of WAVES, literary magazine from 1972-1987 and has published thirteen books of poetry, (Red Letter Day, Black Moss, 2014),  a teaching CD: The Colour of Words, and much short prose. Her patience with committees has involved her in the Canadian Authors Association, League of Canadian Poets, Federation of BC Writers and other local writer groups. She has read poems, (some were prize winners), across Canada, USA  and on 4 other continents. She has won four Lifetime Achievement awards, including CAA’s Sangster Award and the World Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award.

As Writer-in-Residence for Canadian Authors Association – Vancouver, she continues in editing and marketing manuscripts for others which she began doing at Dundurn Press, Toronto. 1980’s.

Retired from Seneca College’s English Department, Toronto, she now gives writing workshops across Canada, when she is not writing poetry or watching the deer walk by the seashore on Bowen Island, BC.   Bernice Lever gets ‘high’ on words.    www.colourofwords.com

New Book:
 RED LETTER DAY – poetry, Black Moss Press,  Check.
Editor & co-publisher of WAVES, Fine Canadian Writing, from 1972-1987
She has published over 200 prose pieces: mainly non-fiction reviews, articles, interviews and columns as well as a few fiction pieces in many anthologies, magazines, journals and newspapers.
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World Poetry Award Winner Carla Shafer from USA!

 

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World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival is proud to announce that the poet Carla Shafer will be  receiving a World Poetry Empowered Poet Award on October 19th at 1:30 pm at room 7000, SFU downtown. *Reservations only. For more information: 604-526-4729 or ariadnes@uniserve.com

Carla Shafer is the author of several chapbooks: Rain Song, Lessons in Beekeeping, Voice Lessons, and Spice Market. Poems have appeared in various publications, such as, Labyrinth, Whatcom Places II and Crosscurrents. She is the founder of Chuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater and an originating collaborator with the Bellingham Repertory Dance Company of Phrasings: In Word and Dance, which is an annual event combining poetry and modern dance. She lives in Bellingham, WA. Find her on Facebook, chucknutsandstone. blogspot.com and e-mail: chuckanutsandstone@gmail.com
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Two ways to be a Pacifist  

If you lie down at the tideline
let the surf fall over you
pull you with debris and sand
into the sea – then push and
roll your limp body back onto
the beach—you will be picked at
by seagulls and sand fleas – while
the moon pulls and pushes earth’s
water in continual motion
of fullness and withering.

Or imagine yourself as a leaf to ride passage
in a river. Idly you watch as it grinds away
at the bank carving a bend. At the right
moment you push your legs out
against the moss and stone border
reduce the hazard of coming to harm.
You turn with the current into deeper waters
where a pool widens and traveling slows—
while you think your way downstream,
plan how to stay afloat, resist being pulled
under a log or high-ended on a sandbar—
you have taken the river—made it your own.

Carla Shafer

Bellingham, WA (C)

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World Poetry Award Winner Janet Kvammen from Canada!

 

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World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival is proud to announce that  poet, artist and host Janet Kvammen will be  receiving a World Poetry Empowered Poet Award on October 19th at 1:30 pm at room 7000, SFU downtown. *Reservations only. For more information: 604-526-4729 or ariadnes@uniserve.com

Also Janet’s work is featured in two World Poetry Displays, one at the Britannia Public Library and at Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at UBC.

Janet Kvammen is a photographer, artist and book cover designer among other things; she is a poet of many passions who writes about her love of nature and the nature of love. Thinking she would never be published she has somehow ended up in multiple anthologies and hopes to get her own book out someday. The recipient of a Writer’s International Network 2012 Distinguished Poet and Artist Award, Janet has been a featured poet and host at various literary events including “Poetic Justice”, “Poetry in the Park”, “World Poetry” and more.  A Director of the Royal City Literary Arts Society, she is also the editor/designer of their E-zine, Wordplay at work.

      She thrives on creativity! It is good for the soul!

 

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Contact Janet janetkvammen@rclas.com

Visit her PlanetJanet Creations Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/PlanetJanet-Creations/210914705597127?fref=ts

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World Poetry Award Winner Elaine Woo from Canada!

 

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World Poetry is proud to announce that  poet and host Elaine Woo will be  receiving a World Poetry Empowered Poet Award on October 19th at 1:40 pm at room 7000, SFU downtown. Reservations only. For more information: 604-526-4729 or ariadnes@uniserve.com

Elaine Woo is the author of the poetry collection Cycling with the Dragon (Nightwood Editions).  She is the proud recipient of a 2014 World Poetry Empowered Poet award.  Elaine contributed to Shy: An Anthology which won an IPPY (Independent Book Publisher’s) silver medal in 2014.  Her art song collaboration, “Night-time Symphony”, with Daniel Marshall won a Boston Metro Opera festival prize in 2013.  She contributed to V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside which was a finalist for the City of Vancouver’s Book Award in 2012.  Her work is in carte blanche, Arc Poetry Magazine, The Enpipe Line, Megaphone Magazine, Ricepaper, West Coast Line, and many international publications.

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