A truely wonderful celebration of Korean culture was celebrated by World Poetry and co-sponsored by the Korean Traditional Art Society was presented by the Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch in Vancouver,BC, Canada.on October 15th, 7-8:30 pm.
Hosts were Ariadne Sawyer and Bong Ja.
A dignified welcome by First Nations Elder Roberta Price opened the event.
The esteemed Korean Consulate General of the Republic of Korea, Mr. Yeon-Ho Choi conducted the opening ceremony.
Interesting poetry in Korean and in English was presented by several poets from the Korean community and from World Poetry. The poets were selected by Bong Ja and included: Jacqueline Maire, Anita Aguires Nieveras and Bernice Lever among others.
The Participating Korean Poets were: Young Joo Kim, Hae Young Celine Kim, Jihyang Park and Suk Bong Brian Kim.
The evening was highlighted by traditional dance and music featuring the Felice Woman’s Choir and the Shin-Myung Korean Drum Group.
A great evening was had by all. Newspaper estimates placed attendance at 150.
World Poetry would like to thank Bong Ja for organizing and hosting such a special event and the Vancouver Public Library for presenting us.
World Poetry is honoured to announce that Richard Doiron of Moncton, N. B. will receive the 2012 World Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award at the World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival May, 25, 2012.
The Festival, Inspire, Achieve, Celebrate Peace-One Step Closer will be held at the Richmond Cultural Centre, 100-7700 Minoru Gate,
Richmond, BC, International poets from eight different countries plan on attending. A free gift e- anthology of Peace Poems will be available on www.worldpoetry.ca
This is an honour for Richard in part for his amazing body of written work, an estimated 40,000 poems,17 books including two novels and two biographical works as well as the Acadian song “Mon Acadie”. The other reason the award was granted is for his humanitarian work with “those whose voices may not be heard”, helping to build respect and understanding for the human condition. On Wednesday, March 7, at 7 P.M., at the Moncton Public Library The Moncton Public Library,644 Main St., Suite 101,Moncton, Website: www.monctonpubliclibrary.ca This is a precursor to the May 25 event in Richmond, B.C., a special event is taking place to recognize his lifetime of writing poetry.
World Poetry Life Time Achievment Award Winner 2012, Jacqueline Maire will also be honoured on March 28th , 6:30 pm at the New Westminster Public Library, 716-6th Avenue, New Westminster, BC, Canada.
Jacqueline has been a wonderful volunteer and supporter of World Poetry. Her family will be reading selected poems from her last book and other World Poetry Life Time Achievment Award Winners will be present to welcome her. Hosted by Anita Aguire Nieveras and Ariadne Sawyer, there will also be a mention of International Women’s day and Anita’s birthday. Special Music by Enrico Renz. Open mike with poems dedicated to Jacqueline, time permiting. Refreshments. Free.
Jacqueline will be in France during the World Poetry Canada & International Peace Festival but with have another celebration in September when World Poetry presents the Life Celebration of Chief Dan George at the Vancouver Public Library.
World Poetry would like to thank the pre-events and support to the World Poetry Canada & International Peace Festival being held also in several countries.
WORLD POETRY (WPRSS) LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNERS: (Corrected by Anita Aguire- Nieveras)
1. Nadeem Parmar
2. Angie Reabbin
3. Dr. Jorge Berrios Pardos
3. Anita Aguirre-Nieveras
4. David Campbell
5. Addena Sumter Freitag
6. Laszlo Gati
7. Victoria Pascha
8. Ashok Bhargava
9. Lucy Ortiz
10. Bernice Lever
11. Chad Norman
12. Peter Lojewski
13. Lucia Gorea
14. Ibrahim Honjo
15. Bong Ja Ahn
16. Diego Bastianutti
17. Dr. Warren Stevenson
18. Jacqueline Maire
19. Richard Doiron
In loving memory to those that have passed: World Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award Winners:
1. Madge Kimball
2. Henry Lhati
3. Luis Llanillos
4. Shulamit Joffre
5. Dugald Christie
6. Vera Manuel
7. Jan Furst
Note: For those who passed, World Poetry does a radio memorial each year and the VP Library put Jan Furst as the first WP on their Memory Wall.