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4th World Poetry Peace Festival Poster by Kwame Yirenkyi from Ghana!

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Ariadne’s Notes: Here is the wonderful poster which will be on monitors at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre Library at the University of British Columbia Oct 6th-27th, along with six display tables and a 24 hour video feed. Please send this on to all you know and use the qrcode on the right side to check in for more updates

Celebrate The 4th World Poetry Festival new

Great thanks to our wonderful partners.

Wonderful Letters!

A sample of the  selected peace gift poems:

  • Katherine L. Gordon, Ontario, Canada
  • Madhusmita Rawooth, Grade 12 student, Sunabeda ,Odisha India.
  • Lidia Chiarelli, Torino – Italy                        
  • Anviksha  Srivastava Age 12 years, California, USA


10402541_10153141626654115_5550455356675832404_n Gift poems for SB UBC.

Some of the 575 gift poems! Photo by Una Bruhns

World Poetry Proudly Presents Anita Aguirres Nieveras!

Ariadne’s Notes: In a very special World Poetry Café Radio Show that has been achieved, CLICK HERE!

Hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Una Bhruns with technician Israel Mota welcomed Anita Aguirres Nieveras  to the show. Also, we hoped to interview Award winner: World Poetry  Cultural Ambassador, Michael Kwaku Kesse Somuah but due to a time problem, were not able to connect with him but hope to in the future.

We also had an  e-poem about Robin Williams from the talented poet Deo Antonio D. Llamas of the Philippines.



                Anita Aguirre-Nieveras (Juanita N. Aguirre) is a bilingual poet born in the Philippines.  She started writing poems at the age of nine but kept them to herself.  She finished Bachelor of Arts degree (major in English, minor in Social Science) and B. S. Secretarial Administration (major in Education), an Academic Full Scholar.  With an M. A. in Education (major in School Administration and Supervision) Anita administered her own Prep School and taught English, Humanities, Literature , Social Science and Secretarial skills at the Philippine State college of Aeronautics and the Philippine Air Transport Services School of Aeronautics.

                She brought her Mother to Canada in 1986 and visited relatives in the U.S. but went back to her teaching in the Philippines. She came back to Canada in 1994 to take care of her aging  Mother and sister on a kidney transplant.  She then decided to become a permanent resident of Canada under the Caregiver Program and later took jobs that were not on her line of expertise.  Anita got an ESL Certificate from the VCC after doing volunteer work as ESL tutor for a number of years.  She joined the World Poetry Café at its inception in 1997 and helped in its registration as a Society.  She was published in the World Poetry Anthology and Strange Peregrinations and published her own chapbook, “Potpourri” and book “Two Songbirds Singing” which featured poems on her two young sons who passed away.  She was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the World Poetry in 2004.

                Anita is a lover of nature, maintains a garden as part of her art.  She is active in Senior’s Organizations, one with an on-going project (The Seniors Brigade of BC Society) where she is a facilitator:  The Elder Abuse Awareness  Seminar/Workshop – Vancouver in May, Surrey in June, Burnaby in July, New Westminster this month, Port Coquitlam in September and Richmond in October. 

   Anita is also a member of the Filipino Golden Age Group that entertains in the Nursing Homes with songs, dances and poetry.  She has four adult children:  Marcial Jr., Rowena, Cesar and Aldrine Sean.


(For Angelito Amor)                                                          

Angelito   Amor was only 22 years old when he met with an accident.  He was in 4th year Preparatory Medicine.  I was not able to speak to him.  He was already dead when they called the family.

Why did you take him away
In the springtime of his youth
When there were lots of living
And loves still unknown?

Why let him grow so beautiful
So talented, so loving,
That my heart fed on his beauty
And his goodness gave me joy

Why did you stop his laughter
In the midst of happiness
And cut short his great ambitions
When success was almost there?

Why did you turn the stars into dust
When he was reaching for them
And silenced those lips forever
Which uttered gems of words so rare?

Why did you let me watch him grow
Follow his every change
And bind myself to him with love
That I almost knew no pain?

Suddenly You took him
In the darkness of the night
I never had the chance to hear him
He was already cold and numb.

Why did he have to go first,
Leaving me alone to grow old
Without him to hold these hands
When they are weak and cold?

Why, Oh God, did I have to lose him,
I was so careful and loving;
Everything for him, myself forgetting –
You knew how much the pain!              

There was only silence to my whys,
You are deaf and tinder dry;
But my heart is whispering now –
Words never have I imagined.

You are the owner of the garden,
`I – only the gardener,
Why reproach You if You pick
My favorite flower and Yours
To put in Your altar of love
And remain fresh forever!      

 By Anita Aguirre Nieveras


The Fourth World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival!

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The Fourth World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival Proudly announces the Empowered Award Winners.

We had over 300 nominations come in, some even six months early. We wish we could honour all of you.

Each nominee was nominated by at least two people, in some cases much more. A check was made as to background, good heart,abilities and the quest for peace. The Empowerment awards are based on these qualities.

This year, the age range is from 12-100!

An award will be given to those that can attend during the month of October, for those who cannot come due to Visas or other reasons, a certificate will be sent to you by e-mail. In past festivals, awards were sent out, but most never reached their destinations. If there is a name or country error, please let us  know.

This list will be going on site and when time permits, a brief bio, photo and a poem or writing will be put on site.

The festival is coming together, created by many hours of volunteer work for peace. We are have launched a Crowd Funding site to pay for some of the costs, rather than have it come out of pocket. For more information: Go to  https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/fourth-world-poetry-peace-festival/x/8284778 and join the team to create empowerment and peace!!This is your festival too and the waves of peace coming from it will circle the world!You can also contribute by becoming a peace connector volunteer and helping out in the festival. Contact: ariadnes@uniserve.com or astarte_sita@yahoo.com

All the best to you and keep up the good work. Peace and the world needs you!

World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival Award Winners!

World Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award: Carol Knepper, Canada.

World Poetry Unsung Hero Award: Mobin Saberi, Canada.

World Poetry Cultural Ambassador   Michael Kwaku Kesse Somuah, Ghana.

World Poetry Music Ambassador Yoshifumi Sakura, Japan.

World Poetry Cultural Ambassador: Mutiu Olawuyi, Gambia.

World Poetry Theatre Ambassador: Oswald Okaitei. Ghana

World Poetry Youth Peace Ambassador: Timileyin Olajuwon, Nigeria.

World Poetry Empowered Poets:

Janet Kvammen, Canada

Elaine Woo, Canada

Honey Novick, Canada

Una Bruhns, Canada

Lini Grol, Canada

Anviksha Srivastava. India & USA.

Corazon Wong Canda, Japan.

Carolyn Mary Kleefeld, USA.

Helen Bar- Lev, Israel

Mamta Agarwal, India

Peter Thabit Jones, Wales

Stanley Barkan, USA

Adisa AJA Andwele, USA.

Samay Hamed, Afghanistan.

Lidia  Chiarelli,  Italy.  

 Murray Kion. Netherlands

Empowered Musician:

Enrico Renz, Canada.

World Poetry Empowered Graphic Artist:

Sainabou Baldeh, The Gambia.

Empowered Filmmakers

Kagan Goh, Canada.

Mary Fowles, Canada.

Rahmat Haidari, Afghanistan.

Ghafar Faizyar, Afghanistan.

Akshat Ajay Sharma, India.

Sharif Saedi, Afghanistan.

*** Three filmmakers from our new partner, Vancouver Asian Film Festival will be joining us as soon as they are selected