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The World Poetry Cafe Proudly Presents Poet Laureate Candice James from Canada!

Ariadne’s note: The World Poetry Café Radio Show with hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Israel Mota plus tech Gerry welcomed Candice James , the Poet Laureate of The City of New Westminster New Westminster, Canada.  Also, music by Rio Samaya  and Tony Blackman, e-poem by Richard Doiron and news on the upcoming Poetathon plus the Creative Dreaming Workshop August 25th!

To hear the show, CLICK HERE!

Featured Poet









Poet Laureate (2010 – 2016)

City of New Westminster, BC


Candice James is Poet Laureate of The City of New Westminster, Director of The Royal City Literary Arts Society, a full member of The League of Canadian Poets, Past President of the Federation of British Columbia Writers, Past Director of SpoCan, Past President of Slam Central, creator of the long running events “Poetic Justice” and “Poetry in the Park”. She is the recipient of “Writers International Network’s Distinguished Poet Award 2013”.

She is the Author of poetry books, “A SPLIT IN THE WATER” – Fiddlehead Poetry Books 1979; “INNER HEART – A Journey” – Silver Bow Publishing 2010; “BRIDGES AND CLOUDS” – Silver Bow Publishing 2011; “MIDNIGHT EMBERS – A Book of Sonnets” – Libros Libertad Publishing 2012 , and “SHORELINES OF ETERNITY” – Silver Bow Publishing 2013

Candice has been a featured on radio shows “Wax Poetic”, “World Poetry Café”, and “Storytelling”.  She has also been featured poet, workshop facilitator, keynote speaker, and panelist at many literary events including “Word on the Street”; “Black Dot Cultural Collective”; and “Lit Fest New West”.  Her poems have appeared in a variety of local and international magazines, newspapers, and e-zines.   She has led online forums for WRITERS ETC. based in Los Angeles, CA and has reviewed books and written prefaces for authors and poets internationally.   Candice organizes and hosts National Poetry month for the League of Canadian Poets annually.

http://saddlestone.shawwebspace.ca    Candice James Poet Laureate website

http://candicejames.shawwebspace.ca  Candice James Poet website

www.youtube/saddlestone11                   Candice James videopoems and music


© 2013 Candice James

Shakespeare said it with quill and ink
And inspiration’s golden link
And the words came tumbling down
In sonnets, verses, plays and prose
In theatres, and travelling minstrel shows
His passion still rages and spills from the page
Onto the glitter of sound sets and stages
Tumbling down….still tumbling down

Mozart said it with notes and keys
In compositions and symphonies
And the music came tumbling down
Illuminating the darkness undressing
Devils, angels and lovers confessing
The agonies and ecstasies
In serenades and rhapsodies
Tumbling down… still tumbling down

Michelangelo said it with paints and brush
Guided by an angel’s touch
And the colours came tumbling down
To halo the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling
With Saints, sinners, and angels kneeling
A masterpiece of holiness
Saving Grace and forgiveness
A vibrant display of man’s genius
Tumbling down….still tumbling down

Writers Musicians, Artists and Sages
Droplets of gold on history’s pages
Tumbling down throughout the ages
Their world of beauty surrounds us still
Created by colours, sounds, ink and quill
Their legacy is a living will
Tumbling down……
Forever tumbling down.


World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival Opening Was a Great Success!

Our Peace Gift to the World

 We did it!

The World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival had a wonderful opening as we launched our World Poetry Peace E-Anthology, our gigantic hug for peace at the IK Barber Learning Centre located at the University of British Columbia.

Please share our World Poetry Peace Anthology with all your friends and family and help the words of peace around the world.  Click here to read the World Poetry Peace E-Anthology !

The program was full of music, Rio Samaya Band, dance by the Jasmine dancers ,  a  poetic First Nations welcome, an inspired talk on peace, a short documentary film, Silence, which was well received, and our countdown and connection to the live link on the internet with people from many countries linking up to the free peace  E-anthology around the world.

 It was so exciting to see winners from , Kwaku Kesse Somuah and Kwame Yirenkyi come through the door, read poems and speak on peace. They joined Rio Samaya Band and playing their beautiful and colourful drums as many of us danced.

There are so many people and partners to thank; it is hard to name them all.

A thank you to the E-book team who worked so hard on our beautiful and inspiring book: Carol Knepper, Editor, Heidi Mueller, Duke Ashrafuzzaman for providing the original poems and also adding borders to the gift poems. Yilin Wang who began compiling poems and Ariadne Sawyer for continuing the work as a poem herder. Bernice Lever for putting the Paths to Peace segment and Saleh Mazumder for directing the Internet launch. Yang from our great partner Cinevolution for technical support and many others. Also, a thank you to our talented and special World Poetry Canada International Face-book group for their support and poetic contributions.

 Great thanks to the staff of the IK Barber Learning Centre at UBC for providing us with a home for the month of April and a launching space to share the E-Anthology.

Thanks to the World Poetry Setup Team for helping put up the displays including the great peace posters by Sattar Saberi.  A grateful thank you to the poets Wanda John Kehewin and Helen Bar-Lev who donated their free gift poems. 300 were printed out and are available to anyone who comes to see the gallery display.

The Peace Festival continues on Thursday April 11, 7-9 pm with a Celebration of National Poetry Month. We feature Penn Kemp with her book on Jack Layton, Art in Action and other poets and musicians. 301 Lillooet room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, University of British Columbia, 1961 East Mall Vancouver, www.ikebarberlearningcentre.ubc.ca/

As always, we thank our partners in kind:

World Poetry in kind Sponsors and Partners:  Exclusive Media Sponsor: CTV. Print Sponsor: TAN-The Afro News. Partners: Signature partner: Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society, The Vancouver Tagore Society, Jasmine Dance Group, Canada Council for the Arts, The Writer’s Union, Rice Paper Magazine, The Asian Canadian Writer’s Workshop, The Airport Quality Inn Hotel, Aboriginal Writer’s Collective West Coast. Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, University of British Columbia (UBC Library)  World Poetry gratefully acknowledges the support from the City of Richmond.


Happy New Year 2013 from the World Poetry Cafe Radio Show!


World Poetry Family








To hear the World Poetry Cafe New Year Show or download it: CLICK HERE!

The World Poetry Cafe Team  with hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Israel Mota plus Ryan Handy and tech Gerry, celebrated New Years day with a special program of good wishes, e-poems and  music. Canadian based music was featured by Pancho and Sal, Godwin Barton and Susan Cogan  and International music by Ablaye Cissoko and Volker Goetze (Griot)

Thanks to Yaman, we had 1,568 visitors from around the world on Wednesday! Thank you all for visiting.

Featured e-poets were:

Lini Grol, Brampton, Ontario, Canada with her poem : A New Start to 2013. Israel translated her poem into Spanish and read it on air.

Carol Knepper, New Brunswick, Canada with her poem: I Vow To Kneel.

Saleh Mazumder, Bangladesh with his poem New Year.

Michael Kwaku Kesse Somuah, Ghana with his poem Living in a Fools Hopes . Michael will be a featured guest on the World Poetry Cafe, January 8th.

Sadly the pictures  of our show did not come out so I am putting in the WP Family Portrait instead.