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World Poetry Celebrates National Aboriginal Month! 

World Poetry Celebrates  National Aboriginal Month! 





Celebrate with us!

June 28, 6:30-8:30 PM New Westminster Public Library, 716, 6th Avenue

Hosts: Ariadne Sawyer and Wanda John-Kehewin













Welcome Chief Rhonda Larrabee

Poet Laureate: Alan Hill,  Candice James , Poet Laureate Emerita.

Tony Antonias

Music: Lavana La Brey

National Aboriginal Month with a Tribute to Vera Manuel

Book Launch Ahn Bong Ja

Book Launch Herb Bryce

Woven Word Tapestry Poem, How I First Came to Know Myself by  Vera Manuel

Open Mic

Free raffle

Food, Refreshments. Bannock by Wanda!  Cake!

Information: www.worldpoetry.ca  604-526-4729

Hosts: Ariadne Sawyer and Wanda John-Kehewin

World Poetry Cafe Radio Show Proudly Presents Alan Hill from England and Canada!

Featured Poet Alan Hill

World Poetry Cafe Radio Show welcomed Alan Hill on the show. He spoke about his upcoming book and the impact on siblings and parents who have to deal with mental illness. To listen to the show: CLICK HERE!

“Alan Hill was born in the South West of England near the Welsh border.
After leaving school at sixteen he travelled extensively and worked in jobs
ranging from renovating old graveyards to working in a jellybean factory.

Since 2005 he has been living in Canada. He has been previously published
in Canada in CV2, Canadian Literature, Vancouver Review, Antigonish Review,
Quills, Sub-Terrain and in a number of anthologies and in the UK in South,
The Wolf and Turbulence. He also has had work accepted for upcoming issues
of the Denver Review (USA), Brittle Star(UK) and Poetry is Dead (Canada) as well as the World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival E-Anthology launching at UBC and on the Internet April 4th during the third Peace festival.
His first full collection ‘The Upstairs Country’ (Silver-Bow Press) was”published in early 2012. He is currently working on his second collection,
“The Broken Word”, which will explore his experiences growing up with a
older brother who had been diagnosed as having schizophrenia.


Becoming Grown Up

At thirteen you want your mom
not the mad person she has become
who burns the carpet with her cigarettes has that industrial size handbag rattling with pill bottles,the muttering attachment to other voices those unseen strangers that hover on the open veined canvas of the horizon.

At breakfast between toast and orange juice something snapped

a tie came loose, fell free
the connection through the sonar spine
the massages through fingertips-all lost.

In one moment
the most loved became the most despised
the mother become the little girl.

If it doesn’t kill this kid
eventually she may come to see
the freedom that’s been given her
that she can start agaim
be who she wants to be, become a woman

but that means less than nothing now.

There are many bones to step across
many strangers who will come with love and hope that she will need to push away, leave behind

there is this childhood that has died
that must be cleaned away
disposed of in the proper way

– if there is a proper way.

Yes- and she will always feel it
his absence of herself from her own life that she has become a person with a history but no past

she will burn with a fiery loss
in the middle of the day

In front of the TV
between classes or boyfriends
or over an un-homemade schools lunches

and there will always be a chair
with a reserved sign

an empty space where nobody parks

a cavity dropping down
she will have to learn to walk around
the agreement she has made with fear

the lesson she has leant too young
that the price of life is everything.

Alan Hill (C)


World Poetry Canada International Youth Team Grand Opening October 13th, 1-3:30 pm!

World Poetry Youth Team Grand Opening at UBC!

The World Poetry Youth Team is expanding to  include a new chapter at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre which will meet once per month and will lead up to a World Poetry Canada International Festival in April.

World Poetry Youth Team Grand Opening!

New Chapter World Poetry Youth Team , UBC Library starting October 13th.  

World Poetry Youth Team Grand Opening Oct 13th, 1-3:30 pm, (time extended) Lillooet room , Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, University of British Columbia, 1961 East Mall Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1, www.ikebarberlearningcentre.ubc.ca/

Hosts: Yilin Wang, World Poetry Youth Team Leader, Ariadne Sawyer,  MA, co-founder  and co-host of World Poetry.

First Nations Welcome: Larry Grant.

 Irving K. Barber Learning Centre ,UBC Library welcome.

Welcome by World Poetry Youth Team Leader Yilin Wang and  World Poetry Co-founder Ariadne Sawyer.

Mackenzie Yoon will be our first youth musician/singer at the event  http://www.youtube.com/user/meganekkoAeli

Featured poets: Dr. Ray Hsu, Multimedia presentation and Marc Creamore.

Music by  Philippine dance By Anita Aguirre Nieveras.

World Poetry Arts Advocate: Koyali Burman.

World Poetry Partners: Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society, Ricepaper, ACWW, Vancouver Tagore Society . Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Cinevolution Media Arts, Alan Hill, City of Richmond.

Workshop, Bernice Lever: Honing Your Words. Honing Your Words — editing down words /adding words/ changing level of language or viewpoint/ all unifying  efforts for clearer, stronger poems.  20 minutes with a sample handout of a poem in 3 or more stages of edits & additions.

World Poetry Youth Team.  Special guests: Winnie Chueng and Dr. Jan Walls and World Poetry Directors.

Dates for  the new World Poetry Youth Team  Chapter at UBC,2012: 1-3:30 pm: Saturday 13 October.  Saturday 24 November 1-3pm,  Saturday 15 1-3 pm December . 2013: 1-3 pm.  Saturday 26 January  Saturday 23 February 2013  Saturday 23 March 2013. 

Open mike. Free! Come and share your creativity! 604-526-4729, ariadnes@uniserve.com  Reserve early!