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World Poetry Celebrates Oparin Ortiz from El Salvador and Canada!

Ariadne’s Notes:  The World Poetry Café Radio Show on May 12th ,1-2 pm,welcomed the Renaissance  Creator  Oparin Ortiz on CFRO, 100.5 FM along with Lorene Oikawa and an E–poem by David Beaton. A fascinating  show about arts, events and the need for racial unity. Hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Neall Ryon, technical engineer, Victor Schwartzman.

CLICK HERE to listen!


Oparin Ortiz, is a quirky, Vancouver-based multimedia artist. He was a young child when emigrated from El Salvador in the mid-eighties, at the height of the civil war. He is an ally of successful survivors all around the world.



Oparin’s expertise is digital art software. He makes illustrations, animations and is currently testing the world of virtual reality art. He also has a solid background with real-world mediums. He has done works with aerosol, airbrush and makeup. He has also worked with metal, wood and electricity. He has experience as a writer, stage-performer and dancer. His search is to find new  art and tell stories.

Oparin’s accomplishments include performing in plays for Jimmy Crescenzo, Carmen Aguirre and Elaine Carol. Oparin is fortunate to have his art is featured on a sculpture in Seaforth Park in Vancouver, a production for Proyecto Cultural Sur Vancouver.


World Poetry Celebrates Japanese Canadians!



The World Poetry Café welcomed Lorene Oikawa,  who called in on May 12th  1:10 PM  CFRO, 100.5 FM, speaking about Asian Heritage Month and the Japanese events featured in this special month. Hosts: Ariadne Sawyer and Neall Ryon , engineer Victor Schwartzman.  In studio guest, artist Oparin Ortiz , special e-poem by David Beaton.  A great discussion of upcoming  events, racism and the need for unity.


Lorene Oikawa is the President of the Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association and on the National Council of the National Association of Japanese Canadians. Board Director with West Coast Environmental Law and the Canadian Labour International Film Festival. Assistant District Supervisor with the BC Provincial Government.Executive Vice President for over 9 years with the BCGEU including a position on the BC Federation of Labour Executive Council, and as a Trustee on the Public Service Pension Board.

Special upcoming events:

GVJCCA explorASIAN highlights for Asian Heritage Month including the Recognition Gala are here:  http://www.gvjcca.org/2016/04/04/jcca-takes-part-in-explorasian-during-asian-heritage-month/

Honouring Our People book launch: http://www.gvjcca.org/2016/04/15/362/

  • Come to the ExplorASIAN Gala and the only  fundraiser of the year! A celebration of the Japanese Canadian community with music, dance and a special Japanese Dinner. Raffle, Silent Auction and more! $70 per person, June 11, 5:30 pm, Nikkei Place, 6688 South oaks Cres, Burnaby. 604-526-4729.


World Poetry Proudly Presents Poet Tommy Hawkings From LA !

Featured Poet

World Poetry Cafe hosts Ariadne Sawyer, Oparin Ortiz, Jason Lawrence and technician Medhi had the honour to present poet and athlete  Tommy Hawkins in a phone interview from L.A.

To hear the show, click here. Also to see the article Ariadne wrote about Tommy , check out TAN the Afro News theafronews.ca on April 1st.


“Life’s Reflections: Poetry for the People”  is an eclectic collection of narratives and colorful illustrations, full of insights and surprises!

Tommy Hawkins, former Notre Dame All-American, Los Angeles Lakers basketball star, former VP of the Los Angeles Dodgers, radio & TV broadcaster and popular personality has written a new book … poetry that is!  Whomever you are, wherever you are, whatever your convictions, welcome to the eclectic world of Tommy Hawkins.

“Life’s Reflections: Poetry for the People” (ISBN #978-0615-564-302), is designed as a colorful coffee table book,  and can best be described as an eclectic collection of vernacular poetic narratives, full of insights and surprises. Each narrative is accompanied by a captivating painting or photograph that illustrates his words … including works by famed artists LeRoy Neiman and Ernie Barnes among others.

Tommy promises readers won’t be bored. “There’s something for everyone … your family, friends and you! ” notes Hawkins. “It is my hope that “Life’s Reflections: Poetry for the People” will be a dynamic, entertaining and uplifting experience for life.” Topics covered include romance, sports, psychiatry, travel, music, family, relationships, the 1960s and much more. 

A native of Chicago, Illinois, Tommy Hawkins has enjoyed an incredible career as a college basketball All-American at Notre Dame, 10 years in the NBA playing ball with the Cincinnati Royals and Los Angeles Lakers (he played with Wilt, Jerry, Elgin, Oscar and many others), an Emmy Award-nominated radio and television broadcaster, event host and motivational speaker as well as a public relations vice president with the Los Angeles Dodgers for 18 years. For more information please visit: www.tommyhawkins.net