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World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival 2013 Winners!




Ariadne’s Note:

It is  with great pleasure that we announce the award winners for the World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival 2013.

Each entry was nominated by one or more people, and went through a background check. The awards are based on humanitarian and peace efforts to make the world a better place.

Many of the award winners are youth. They show a wonderful commitment for peace and the respect of others. Each award winner has sacrificed to promote peace and understanding and in some instances  have shown great courage in the face of adversity.

For the first time ever, we had 10 film, doc entries. With help from our community parter Cinevolution, we were able to include the film award winners this year. The two films will be shown during the peace festival.

Please welcome the World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival 2013 Award Winners:


A flower for our award winners







Empowered Poets:

Empowered poet, Wanda-John Kehewin.

Empowered Poet Yilin Yang.

Godwin Barton.

Empowered Poet Saleh Mazumder.

Empowered poet, Penn Kemp.

Empowered poet, Oswald Okaitei.

Empowered poet, Olawuyi Mutiu. 

Empowered poet, Ljubomir Mihajlovski,

Empowered poet, Ljupce Zahariev,

Empowered poet, Michael Kwaku Kesse Somuah.

Empowered poet, Selene Bertelsen.

Empowered poet, Caroline C. Nazareno, (Ceri Naz)

 Empowered Poet, Yaman Saleh.

Music, acting, art, graphic art, photography:

Rio Samaya, (Pancho and Sal) Empowered Band.

Yoshifuma Sakura, Empowered Composer

Angelo Moroni, Empowered actor.

Sattar Saberi , Empowered artist.

Kwame Agyare Yirenkyi, Empowered Graphic Artist.

Atia Abawi, Empowered Journalist.


Sharif Saedi, Empowered filmmaker (Silence)

Rahmat Haidari , Empowered Director (Broken Voices of Poetry)

Sajia Hussain Azmat , Empowered Humanitarian & Director (Broken Voices of Poetry)


M&M, Empowered Photographer

World Poetry Ambassador to Nepal, Mk Shrestha.

World Poetry Ambassador to Japan: Frederico Gordo.

Greetings from our winners 2012!

Award winners 2012!

World Poetry Proudly Presents Nominee Atia Abawi from Afghanistan & USA !

Featured Writer









Ariadne’s Note: We are proud to present nominee Atia Abawi, World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival Empowered  International Correspondent 2013, who has been nominated by our own World Poetry Youth Ambassador to Afghanistan &  USA and World Poetry Team Member Alaha Ahrar.

World Poetry would like to congratulate Atia for her nomination and her hard work bringing the voices of Afghanistan to the world. We also wish her all success with her upcoming novel.

Atia Abawi is an international correspondent and Afghanistan bureau chief for NBC News, joining the network in 2010.  She arrived in Afghanistan in 2008 where she started up the CNN operations in the country as the network’s full-time correspondent in country.  She has won several awards including a Peabody.

Abawi has travelled extensively throughout the world covering stories in Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt, Pakistan, Myanmar, Britain and the United States.  She has interviewed world and military leaders, including Afghan President Hamid Karzai, General David Petraeus and General Stanley McChrystal, among others.

Her first book will be published by Penguin Group in 2014, a young adult novel about forbidden love in Afghanistan.

Abawi started her career at CTV in Largo, Maryland as a freelance reporter covering local news.

Personal Bio:

“I was born in Germany after my family fled the Soviet invasion in Afghanistan when my mother was 8-months pregnant.  At the age of one we moved to Virginia in the United States where I was raised. My parents sent me to an Afghan school once a week while growing up.  They also instilled a strong pride for my motherland, its culture and its people.  I attended Virginia Tech and received a degree in both journalism and international studies.  It was a personal goal of mine as a child to go back to Afghanistan as a journalist and share the voices of its people.  After more than four-years of living there I have tried my best to share the stories and voices of those we don’t often hear from in an attempt to help.  I don’t know if I have helped at all but I do know that I have given all of myself in trying.”