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World Poetry Celebrates Ruth Kozak!

Ariadne’s Notes: On November 24TH, 1:00 pm. PST, CFRO 100.5 FM, Hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Neall Ryon with super engineer, Victor Schwartzman and volunteer Sharon Rowe welcomed the incomparable  Ruth Kozak, historical novelist, travel writer and poems (when they poems come to her)  to the World Poetry Café Radio Show. Ruth read from her upcoming book, volume two and related a story about a vision she had of her lead in the two volume books, seeing Alexander the Great walking with a friend down a path at Delphi. E-poems by John Rice, Canada and Dr. Sendoo Hadaa from Mongolia. Music by Leadbelly and Duane Prousk.




RUTH KOZAK is a Canadian historical fiction writer and travel journalist with a strong interest in history and archaeology. She publishes regularly in print and on-line travel magazines and wrote an e-book guide “Athens and Beyond” available on Kindle. A frequent traveler she has lived several years in Greece and visits there regularly. She recently retired as president of the BC Association of Travel Writers and edits and publishes a travel e-zine TRAVEL THRU HISTORY www.travelthruhistory.com Ruth teaches creative writing and instructs writer’s group as well as conducting workshops on travel and novel writing.

Her first historical fiction novel, “SHADOW OF THE LION” about the fall of Alexander the Great’s dynasty, was extensively researched in Greece and Asia Minor 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 further research undertaken in the Gennadius Library and the British Library in Athens.

SHADOW OF THE LION: BLOOD ON THE MOON is Volume One of an epic story set in the aftermath of the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BC and the bloody Wars of Succession which follows. Complete with all the ingredients of a Greek tragedy, SHADOW OF THE LION: BLOOD ON THE MOON’s remarkable story, driven by blood, lust, fierce loyalty, blind ambition and power, not only happens to be true, but possesses the hallmarks of being hailed as a literary classic of its genre!

Published in UK by Media Aria- CDM Publishers in 2014, the novel will appear in two volumes, Volume 1 “SHADOW OF THE LION: BLOOD ON THE MOON”  now available on Amazon.com and bookstores.  Her successful book launch in January 2015 was held at the Hellenic Centre, Vancouver and sponsored by the Greek Consul.

Volume 2 subtitled “SHADOW OF THE LION: THE FIELDS OF HADES” will be out by late November 2016.

Ruth recently finished a successful book promo tour to Greece where she read at the Canadian Institute, and for two grade nine classes at the Athens Community School. Previously she was invited to the World Poetry Conference in Larissa to present her book and read at the Athens Centre. Ruth was award an “empowered writer’ award at the World Poetry Peace Poetathon in 2014.

Ruth is currently working on an e-book on “Exploring the Greek Islands” for Hunter Publisher USA and a work-in-progress novel “Dragons in the Sky”, a story that links the Celts and Greeks and is written partly in Bardic verse.

See MediaAria-CDM for publicity for the novel: http://www.mediaaria-cdm.com/w-ruth-kozak/


World Poetry Celebrates Cheonhak Kwon (권천학).

The World Poetry Radio Show Plus welcomed  the lovely Poetess Cheonhak Kwon (권천학) on August 11, 1:00 PM  on CFRO, 100.5 FM along with her able translator Janny Kim  Cheaonhak’s new book is truly beautiful, full of outstanding illustrations and flowing words.   From the mailbox: Dark Secrets by Mahinour Tawflik and The Entitlement of the Soul , Poems by Palma Mingozzi and Music by Lefteris Kordis, Greek Jazz.

To hear the show CLICK HERE!

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Cheonhak Kwon (권천학) Korean Canadian poet, essayist, and writer, made her literary debut in the monthly literary journal Hyeondai Munhak (현대문학).

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Cheonhak has published numerous books, including Dictionary of Korean Proverbs and Quotations (속담명언사전), The Sky in Bronze Mirror (청동거울 속의 하늘) (poems about the ancient Korean kingdom of Baekje), I am Still in an Apple Seed (나는 아직 사과씨 속에 있다) (poems about trees), Urgent News Bulletin! Mrs. Gaia is Sick in Bed (긴급뉴스속보! 가이아 부인은 와병중) (poems about the environment), Loneliness Virus (고독바이러스), and The Sorrow of Grass-green Vitamin, or… (초록비타민의 서러움 혹은) (poems about the oceans), Living Outside (노숙), and The Famous Unknown Poet (유명한 무명시인)

She is the recipient of many literary awards, including the Modern Buddhism Literary Award (Grand Prize), the Si wa Euisik Literature Award (Main Prize) and the Kyung Hee University Overseas Korean Literary Award (Grand Prize), the Heukgu Literary Award (Special Prize) and WIN Distinguished Poet Award (2015)

Cheonhak has served as Editor-in-chief (2001-2006) of Blue Note, web magazine of the online Korean Literature Library.

English translations of her poems were published in a book entitled 2H2 + O2 = 2H2O, which went on to become the winner of the First Annual Min Chapbook Competition organized by Harvard University’s Korea Institute and Tamal Vista Publications (2008).  Japanese translations of her poems were published in Japan in 2014, in a collection entitled 空っぽの都市の胸に電話をかける (Making a Phone Call to the Heart of an Empty City).   Her poems and essays currently continue to be regularly featured in Korean-language newspapers in Canada.

Her latest poetry book, “Love is the Pain of Feverish Flowers” was published in January 2016.


Love is the Pain of Feverish Flowers

Love is
the pain of feverish flowers.

Somewhere in the heart
suffering from the colorful rainbow’s words.

A silver arrow
that flew into the wound festered by the sunlight.

The pain of the wound
is sometimes like a sadness

Love is
the pain of feverish flowers.

Cheonhak Kwon (C)
Translated by Hana Kim



World Poetry Celebrates Ruth Kozak from Canada!

 Ariadne’s Notes! The World Poetry Café Radio Show Plus once again presented the talented Ruth Kozak on August 11, CFRO, 100.5 PM . We heard about her travel plans and excerpts from volume two BLOOD ON THE MOON: THE FIELDS OF HADES will be produced in October 2016. We wish her a safe and wonderful trip with lovely adventures. To listen to the show: CLICK HERE!









Ruth Kozak is a Canadian travel journalist with a strong interest in history and archaeology. A frequent traveller, Ruth lived for several years in Greece and instructs classes in travel journalist and creative writing. A travel writer since 1982, her publications include the Vancouver Province, The Vancouver Sun, 50 Plus, Senior Living, and various other newspapers and magazines in Canada, US and the United Kingdom as well as on-line publications, www.EuropeUpClose.com and www.travelgeneration.com.  Ruth also edits and publishes her own on-line travel zine at www.travelthruhistory.com She has been published in the APA Insight Guides 1994, Writer’s Abroad anthology “Foreign Flavours” as well as two poetry anthologies and was writer for The Vancouver Guide for Planet Eye Traveler.  Last year she was invited to Egypt by Egyptian Tourism and you can read her blogs about this trip at http://travelthroughhistory.blogspot.com   Her ATHENS AND BEYOND  e-book for Hunter Publishing, US was published in Nov 2015 on Kindle and she is currently working on one EXPLORING THE GREEK ISLANDS.

Ruth’s first historical fiction novel SHADOW OF THE LION: BLOOD ON THE MOON (Volume One) was  published July 2014 by www.mediaaria-cdm.com  UK.  This is her first published literary work.  Volume Two BLOOD ON THE MOON: THE FIELDS OF HADES will be produced in October 2016.  SHADOW OF THE LION: BLOOD ON THE MOON is currently available on Amazon.com and in bookstores.

In Sept 2014. Ruth was on a successful book promo tour where she attended the Historical Novel Writer’s Conference in London, Eng. and was invited to three events in Greece including a reading at the Athens Centre, a presentation at the World Poetry Conference in Larissa and a reading for two grade nine classes at the Athens Community School.   On her last trip to Greece, Fall of 2015 Ruth read for the Canadian Archaeological Society, Athens. She has been invited for return readings in Fall 2016.

Ruth is a member of the Federation of BC Writers, The Canadian Author’s Association and is President of the BC Association of Travel Writers.  She instructs writing classes at WAVES in New Westminster, Brock House and in the past at Champlain Heights Community Centre and for the VSB. She has presented workshops and readings for Burnaby Writer’s Society, Grind Writers,  Lit Fest and the Royal City Literary Arts Society as well as readings and workshops for the Vancouver Public Library and Kitsilano Library.

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