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World Poetry Celebrates WP Director Oswald Okaitei!

Ariadne.s Notes: The World Poetry Cafe CFRO 100.5 FM with hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Victor Swartzman proudly presents Oswald Okaitei,

 First Book launch for  Aabha Rosy Vatsa from India with her new book: The Gift of Life, Kindle. 

Stories by Sharon Rowe and Victor Shwartzman.

On now on the World Poetry Cafe Radio Show featured e-poet: Oswald Okaitei and World Poetry Director! 

Listen to the show!  http://www.coopradio.org/content/world-poetry-caf%C3%A9-92


(For the Frontline Workers)

And for cyclic seasons

—Now and ever—

We shall pronounce your names

And write you down in the pages of history:

We shall tell

The come afters of your bravery

And altruism—which you

Offered to save a life from the venom of this pandemic;

We shall speak of

How you chose to carry the cross of thorns

For men: bleeding to death

That life should not fall at the feet of an army of viruses;

And, we shall tell of

How you saw devouring flames roaring at you

And yet, never chose

To choose your lives over the lives of the many.

Yes, today is night

But for your unceasing strives, the sun

Shall find its way

Up in the sky again for a new day

And then we

Shall come back to life again, renewed;

And shall hug again,

And kiss again, and shake hands again…

But till then,

Savers of life, the war is still on

So be safe & be sure

To return home after this long scary night!

All rights reserved. (C)

Oswald Okaitei © 2020

Oswald Okaitei is a multi-award-winning young Ghanaian poet, spoken word artiste, and a playwright. He is currently a World Poetry Director in Ghana and has eight poetry collections to his credit. As one of the promising fresh breaths to poetry spoken word, he has shared performing platforms with poetry /spoken word legends as Prof. Atukwei Okai, Prof. Kofi Anyidoho, Muta Baruka, Rocky Dawuni, among others. Oswald represented Ghana at the 2016 Storymoja Festival in Kenya and Babishai Poetry Festival in Uganda. In 2016, he has judged the Pan-African Poet/Spoken word artiste in Ghana. This poem comes at the time when the whole world has come together as one people in a common fight against one.

We are so proud of him!  He is a shining light in the world.

World Poetry Celebrates Michael Mirolla !


Ariadne’s Notes: 

The World Poetry Café Radio, CFRO, 100.5 FM on November 21 at 1:10 pm PST with hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Diego Bastianutti  was proud to present Michael Mirolla  in a wonderful show about his  term as the current Writer in Residence at the Historic Joy Kogawa House. English, Italian and Spanish poetry was also read. It was exciting to get a glimpse of his life as writer in residence as well as his readings and presentations.

For more information: http://www.michaelmirolla.com. He is also the publisher of Guernica Editions,  www.guernicaeditions.com

Also, calling in to the  at 1:30 pm PST is :  LGBTQ IA Filmmaker NEELU BHUMAN travelling somewhere in the world whose will have a separate feature about the team and the difference they are making in the world.

E-poem by the well known Ruth Kozak and a tribute to the Silent Ones, with a poem by Ariadne Sawyer called the Tortured One,  a story by Sharon Rowe  and a welcome back to  Victor along with great thanks to Kerry Buckner for taking over the controls while Victor was away.



Michael Mirolla is the current Writer in Residence at the Historic Joy Kogawa House. He is the author of a clutch of novels, poetry collections, short story collections and plays. He is a three-time winner of the F.G. Bressani Literary Prize. His novel Berlin was a finalist for the Indie and National Book Awards and has been translated into Latvian. The short story “A Theory of Discontinuous Existence” was selected for The Journey Prize Anthology and “The Sand Flea” was a Pushcart Prize nominee. His new novella, The Last News Vendor, was published by Quattro Books in November 2019. Born in Italy and raised in Montreal, Michael now lives in Hamilton, Ontario. For more information: http://www.michaelmirolla.com. He is also the publisher of Guernica Editions.

World Poetry Celebrates Sheri-D Wilson!

Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Cafe radio show,  CFRO, 100.5 FM on November 14, 1:10 pm,celebrated the Poet Laureate of Calgary, Sheri-D Wilson in a delightful interview about her work and her powerful poetry. Also on the show  at 1:30 pm PST ,Ezra Weiss with his new CD We Limit Not the Truth of God . E-poets, Bozena Helena Mazur-Nowak, Poland and England and Pieter-Joris Morssink , Australia, and a new story by Sharon Rowe called Big Bessie Ends the Strike. A capsule of the Brain Bulletin Series plus news completed the show.



Sheri-D Wilson has 9 collections of poetry—most recent—Open Letter: Woman against Violence against Women; & Goddess Gone Fishing for a Map of the Universe; 5 plays, 2 CDs, 4 Video-Poems, & 1 ballet for Ballet BC. She edited, The Spoken Word Workbook: inspiration from poets who teach.

CBC called her One of the Top 10 Poets in Canada * Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry * Canadian Poet of Honour * People’s Choice * Woman of Vision * 5 Rosies * USA Heavyweight Title * 5 Jessie Nominations * Ace Award * & The Canadian Author Who Would Make The Best LOVER!”

Featured in Chatelaine Magazine, a regular on CBC, a Ted-Talker, and the subject of documentary Heart of a Poet, et cetera. Of the beat tradition, in 1989 she studied at Naropa University (Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics).