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World Poetry Celebrates the Talented Seann Traviller !

 Ariadne’s Notes: The  World Poetry Café Radio Show welcomed Seann Traviller to the show, March 2, 1-2 pm PST. A fascinating show of short stories, harmonica playing and a poem! Seann brings a unique voice to his work. Below is a short example of his creative voice.


Also on the show  at 1:40 pm, was the wonderful pianist and composer Frank Kimbrough presenting his new trio CD Solstice- a beautiful CD available through Amazon. Courtesy of  Braitwaite and Katz. 


World Poetry Team: Ariadne Sawyer, host and producer, Neall Ryon co-host, Victor Schwartzman , super engineer and Sharon Rowe, special volunteer.

A great show!











Well you might ask, “Who is… Seann Traviller?”  “Whats’ his measure?”  “Is he… a man, that is happy with his life… especially now that he is… 65?       You bet… I am!  As I am experiencing the best time of my life.  The freedom of retirement, sparked my forgotten passion for writing.  Coaxing out, my languishing creativity… with a flourish of stories.  That creative process, started an ongoing series of interior renovations… affecting all areas of my life.  Bursts of creativity are my source, of joy and help guide me in developing the latent talents emerging from within me.      One new avenue of excitement in my life, is my love of improvising along with the music I listen to on the internet.  Offering me a chance to burst free from my day, via my harmonicas accompanying, an assortment of eclectic music.  I especially enjoy listening to, and playing with the tributaries of the blues, and jazz.   Varying rhythmic lessons… tracing the emotional rhythms of the human heart.  Rhythms that are set into motion by responding hearts’ that translate those emotions into music.  Creating intertwining varying tonal patterns, impregnated with momentary slices of silence.  The essences of the magic… that we call, “music.”  The joy, happiness, and excitement contained in there is its’ own reward, for that joy I feel wondrously comes from inside of me.      To the skeptic’s… please know, I have physical proof as to this creativity’s existence.  In the form of my written stories, and fleshed out ideas… all have been transposed into this reality.  One of those transposed realities is a collection of five short stories.  These, I have shepherded together under the title… “On the Verge, of a Dream.”  The collection includes…’The Ebbing Tide,’ ‘Confessions’ of a Vegetarian Wolf,’  ‘The Living Forest,’ ‘Man or Angel’ and, ‘Sojourning Dreams.’      Here late in my life I have discovered that one of the zesty side effects of creativity and is that… I feel like I am a twenty year-old.  Standing there, gazing ahead at the next thirty years… thinking what a wonderful adventure, they are going to be.  Where I am going?  That’s the mystery, and the surprise of this life, when you let go and let life, come to you!      My desire is to continue exploring new ways to communicate through stories, and film of self-awareness, that examine self-worth, and looking at the formation of our personal perceptions, of the world.  Exploring how I perceive… myself on a personal level, how I taint those perceptions with emotional and mental concepts that are then personalized into beliefs.  Those beliefs can expand… or nullify, our creativity through misaligned self-expectations, entrapped within barriers of self-created fears.     Thru using the of creative expressions of writing and music, I have found ways to empower the personal changes I realized were necessary to free-up myself.  Maintaining the expansion of personal creativity… by continuing to explore the depths of my expression.  We are all story tellers… with our lives becoming the reflections of the stories that we tell ourselves, and start to believe.      Today it is a thrill, when creativity breaks free… splashing across the page, birthing a new poem… a new story… a new harvest of music.  It’s like a waterfall of love, cascading from my heart… in a rush of freedom… transcending itself across my life’s journey.                     Follow the Love… Seann Traviller.



Solidified by repetitive






                  making the


invent-able flexible truth solid…






            staggering structures

                                  of lies,




                        false dramas,

perceived needs,

                   desired wants,





into a

stilted copy

                                of a human


etched lines

                                  of distinction


                           race, customs,


                                     ideology, and

                                                misplaced faith,







                false borders!


                                    For do we,

                      not share…

the same,


the same,


       and, the same



       We are

                      all leaves,




                   human  tree…



                                                                        Seann Traviller (C) All rights reserved .





World Poetry Welcomes Kendra Shank & Geoffrey Keezer!

Ariadne’s Notes: The  World Poetry Café Radio Show with host and producer Ariadne Sawyer , co-host Neall Ryon, Super Tech Victor Schwartzman and volunteer Sharon Rowe welcomed Kendra Shank (Vocalist) on air  talking about their new CD. Half Moon is a lovely CD , poetic and meaningful, a listening delight.

Quote: A deep, stimulating rapport honed over many years…. Mesmeric…uplifting…powerful…– Christopher Loudon, Jazz Times”

“Shank and Keezer each have an impressive command of nuance, dynamics and texture…. Their shared reverence is balanced by a desire and ability to subtly surprise their listeners…– George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune.”

Jan. 9 concert tickets & info: https://www.mezzrow.com/events/2451-kendra-shank-geoffrey-keezer CD purchase: https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/kendrashank (downloads also available at Amazon & iTunesWebsites:  www.kendrashank.com  /  www.geoffreykeezer.com with their new CD, Half Moon  with Geoffrey Keezer (Piano).

Also on the show : Wayne Wallace , Canto America,  unfortunately  poetess  Tara Kimberly Torme was not able to join us.  The show included the return of Creativity Rocks.

LISTEN NOW TO THE SHOW!kendra_bio-photo-300







Artists: Kendra Shank (Vocalist), Kendra Shank mixes modern jazz, standards, world music, folk/pop, and open improvisation, all unified by her soulful storytelling, inventive phrasing, and spontaneous group interplay. Geoffrey Keezer’s singular style of intellectually abstract lyricism woven over exotically complex rhythms and harmonies makes him one of the most sought-after artists on the modern jazz scene. Join vocalist Kendra Shank and pianist Geoffrey Keezer in celebration as they play music from their new album “Half Moon.”







Geoffrey Keezer (Piano)

With his highly regarded discography, unique compositions, and acclaimed performances in a variety of configurations, pianist Geoffrey Keezer commands the attention typically reserved for the living legends of jazz. Whether recording with jazzy chanteuses Diana Krall or Dianne Reeves, touring with trumpet king Chris Botti, or collaborating with pop icon Sting, sax legend Wayne Shorter, guitar wizard Jim Hall, star bassist Christian McBride or vibes master Joe Locke, Geoffrey “has more than enough virtuosity and sheer musical wit and intelligence to weave all of his apparently disparate strands of influence into an original and compelling whole” (Time Magazine).”

* Thanks to Ann Braithwaite of Braithwaite & Katz Communications for source materials.



World Poetry Celebrates Alaha Ahrar!


Alaha with medal

Ariadne’s Notes: On December 1, 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 talented and shinning light in the world Human Rights Advocate Alaha Ahrar, Afghanistan and the US,  World Poetry Canada International ‘s first Youth Director and creator of  The Universal Manifesto of Protection of Women against Sexual Violence, Sexual Assault, and Sexual Harassment.  We also had peace gift e-poems from Wida  and Mal plus a phone in call from Laura Kelsey featuring her digital book fundraiser for women’s shelters, 12dresses.




Ms. Alaha Ahrar is a Human Rights Activist.  She is one of the Board of Directors for the Afghan Women’s Writing Project (AWWP),  one of the Directors of International World Poetry Youth Team, Canada and a writer and reporter for Peace X Peace Organization, Washington, DC and Banu Magazine in Europe.   Ms. Ahrar graduated from University of Mary Washington with a triple major; A BA in Human Rights, a BA in Political Science and a BA in International Affairs; she also completed a certificate program in Middle Eastern Studies.  Ahrar is multilingual and has excellent computer skills. She has had numerous certificates, such as Certificate of Domestic Violence Tier one and Tier two in 2014, from Fairfax County, Virginia. Certificate of CHOICES, Life Skill’s New Training from Catholics for Housing, Virginia in 2014,  Certificate of Appreciation in 2013 from Diplomatic Language Services (DLS), Arlington, Virginia, Certificate of Recognition in 2012 from the Embassy of Afghanistan, Washington, DC, Certificate of Excellence and Dedication in 2012 by the Initiative to Educate Afghan Women, USA, Certificate of Leaders for America and Global from Howard University in 2012 and Certificate of Appreciation from Peace.


The Universal Manifesto of Protection of Women against Sexual Violence, Sexual Assault, and  Sexual Harassment.

              “In every border of every country, regardless of the women’s immigration status, women should be protected against sexual violence, sexual harassment and sexual assault.

              Every country should conduct educational trainings and awareness for military police officers, educational institutions, different organizations and public that respecting reputation of all women globally as well as the protection of their belongings and bodies are the priority.

              Educating individuals and families of their own internal roles, consciousness and responsibilities to refrain from any act which is going to sexually or physically assault or harass women.

              Women should feel safe and sound anywhere in any corner of the world.

              The exchange of Women Slaves for Sex should be banned all over the world. Whoever, takes part in any of these sorts of activities should be considered criminal and should be sentenced for a series of jail time.

              Eliminate the roots of sexual violence, sexual assault and sexual harassment of women by creating and conducting prevention classes, trainings as well as some different series of short TV shows, advertisements by some influential and well-known individuals and TV stars.

              Educating the nations by explaining their key roles and power in stopping sexual violence, sexual harassment and sexual assault of women internationally.

              People in power must not misuse their power and influence to take advantage of disadvantaged women.

              A greater punishment and penalty for the educated individuals in any educational institutions, organizations or in public, who intentionally or unintentionally assault or harass women through their behavior.

              Informing and educating the illiterate and uninformed people of their rights and the subsequences of violations of the rules and laws.

              Empowering women globally by educating and teaching them to have the courage of saying no and stop.

              There is no law in some underdeveloped countries yet to protect woman or to support the victims of Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment. There should be an international law to protect women internationally.

              The United Nations should create and implement very strict laws and penalties to prohibit sexual Violence, Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault of women internationally in higher education institutions, in or outside their houses and their countries.

By, Alaha Ahrar (C) All rights reserved.

She is also a poet and writer and was awarded the Best Poet of the Year 2011 for Afghanistan and the United States in Canada. She was also appointed as the Ambassador of Youth and Peace for Afghanistan in 2011.  She is interested in human rights, politics, international relations development, poetry, social justice and public speaking. 

Human Rights Activist

Board of Directors

Afghan Women’s Writing Project  &

The Director of International World Poetry, Youth Team Canada

An absolute Failure is when one doesn’t have any desire, hope or reason to live. It is hope that makes us work hard and becomes a reason to live.  Then let’s create hope!  A. A