Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Cafe Radio Show was honoured to welcome the noted poet, author, songwriter and artist Synn Kune Loh on January 4th, 1-2 pm PST on CFRO 100.2 FM. He is one of the unsung heroes of this time dealing with a disabling disease with creativity, grace and love. His new book is a fascinating account of his journey and how the game of Ping Pong helped him in so many ways. World Poetry would also like to thank him for his support of our society., sharing his creativity in so many events. Thanks also to super tech Victor Swartzman and special volunteer Sharon Rowe and the music of Mark Zaleski. A special E-Peace Poem by YIOULA IOANNOU PATSALIDOU FROM CYPRUS!
On January 11, 1-2 PM CFRO, another hero Kevin Morris, a blind poet from England, Dig Lewis and Paul Bolotin. Stay Tuned!
Synn Kune Loh is a visual artist, a painter, a poet ad a song writer.
He is the author of a book of poetry titled “A Journey to Camatkara,”
and a CD, “Return to the Boundless Light.” He was born in China and grew up in Hong Kong.
He received a BA in psychology from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut, U.S.A.
While studying for his MA in Cultural Psychology at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario,
he took a trip to Paris and discovered his passion to make art. He went to the Ontario College of Art
and began a career as an exhibiting artist. His early paintings were abstract landscapes, followed by themes that stem from a metaphysical content.
His poetry has an unique expression that is both touching and inspiring. Diagnosed with early Parkinson’s Disease, he used Ping Pong as a healing
agent, and wrote a book titled “Ping Pong, Parkinson’s, and the Art of Staying in the Game.” The book has been by Silver Bow Press in January, 2018 and will be launched at the Lipoint Centre in Richmond , BC. January 13th from 2-4 pm along with an exhibition of his retrospective art exhibit. Free, all are welcome to attend!
Ariadne’s Notes: World Poetry Café went live for the first time ever to New Westminster, BC, Canada to celebrate our yearly program In Loving Memory with Ariadne Sawyer and Anita Aguirre Nieveras along with super tech Victor Schwartzman at the controls in Vancouver!
Each year World Poetry features a tribute to our World Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award winners who have passed on but are with us in spirit.
*If anyone has a picture of Shulamit , please send it to me and I will post it.
Featured on the In Loving Memory show: World Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Shulamit Joffre.
Shulamit was a valued member of our World Poetry family. She was a mystical poet with a deep and abiding attraction to all things spiritual, believed that writing poetry was a condition of her birth. Born in Montreal, she lived and wrote in Vancouver, British Columbia. She shared her life with her husband Ray, their dog and cat. She also spent as much time as she could with her daughter Jessica and her grandson Nathaniel. Shulamit was a World Poetry Lifetime Achievement award winner and the organizer and host of the successful reading series, First Tuesday Assembly of Poets held at Chapters in downtown Vancouver. Syllables of Creation was her fourth book of poetry.
In Loving Memory: World Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award Winner and Crusader for Justice Dugald Christie. or a special program about the life and work of World Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award Winner poet and lawyer Dugald Christie. Christie often wrote poems about the justice system and presented them to lawyers and judges. One of his published books, A Journey into Justice described his cycling trip to Ottawa, Ontario to burn his robes in protest. It also contains many poems.
In loving Memory Tribute to Vera Manuel , First Nations Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, mentor to many. Vancouver-based Secwepemc-Ktunaxa playwright, poet, and storyteller. 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. Vera was one of the inspirations along with Elder Gabriel Bartelman, MA lay faculty member for Ariadne for her thesis and mentor for an upcoming book, Love Poems for the World.
In Loving Memory tribute to World Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Madge Kimball of Salt Spring Island. An amazing pianist and beloved piano teacher as well as a poet, writer and mentor to many. Beloved mother of Ariadne Sawyer and her brother . Cherished wife and the inspiration of Hudson Kimball, Poet and writer. She moved 35 times in her lifetime, in various countries and was well loved by her students. Her Poems appeared in The World Poetry Anthology and other publications.
The World Poetry Café welcomed the talented Koyali Burman , World Poetry Canada International Cultural Ambassador, in a fascinating interview on the arts, dance, poetry and healing with a focus on Kathak dancing and hand Mudras. Also featured was World Poetry Director Alaha Ahrar with a inspirational message, Poems by Mamta Agarwal , a story by Sharon Rowe, Creative Rocks Tips, by Ariadne Sawyer all under the expert controls of Victor Schwartzman , the sound engineer.
Koyali is a graduate from the University of British Columbia. Besides her rising professional career, Koyali is an accomplished Kathak dancer a North Indian classical dance form. From a tender age of 3, she was fascinated to Kathak dance form. She has also learnt Rabindra Nritya and Mohiniyattam dances. She has received awards and featured in numerous Television, stage performances and radio interview in India and Vancouver.
Being the Cultural Ambassador of the World Poetry Canada International she is creating awareness in Vancouver of glorious Indian classical dance and focusing on exploring connectivity with Kathak, poetry and therapeutic value of one of the Indian dance form. If poetry could come to life, you’d find Koyali Burman dancing and teaching.
She has also reverence for global learning and development and fortunate to have worked with some of the well known women like Frances Ferreira who share her interest in international development.
Koyali also does Healing Workshops in the Vancouver, B.C. Canada area.