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My Father is an Afghan Man. Happy Father’s Day by Alaha Ahrar.

By worldpoetry on June 18, 2013 - 2:27pm

Ariadne’s Note: This letter from Alaha Ahrar, one of our World Poetry family is full of wisdom and history. It is a moving tribute to her Afghan father and to all fathers on this day.

My Father is an Afghan Man

Happy Father’s Day

Today many Americans celebrate Father’s Day. As I Think of such an amazing day, I start remembering all the kindness, love and support that my father has given to all of his children during very tough situation in Afghanistan to this day.

I always try to inform as many people as I can about the generosity, courage and magnificence of Afghan men. Most people all over the world are very good at judging and generalize the issues that many countries face. As a result, many people have negative stereotypes about Afghan men. They believe that all Afghan men cut the nose and ears of their wives and daughters or that they imprison or kill their wives, or that they do not allow their female family members to go outside their houses or that they do not let women to get an education.

All Afghan men are not evil or cruel!

World Poetry Proudly Presents Anna Yin July 25th!

By worldpoetry on July 16, 2012 - 12:23pm

Featured poet on tour, Anna Yin will be presenting her poetry at World Poetry New Westminster Night Out, July 25: 6:30 pm at the New Westminster Public Library, (World Poetry Partner) 716-6th Avenue (Auditorium Room) New Westminster, BC. She is sponsored by the League of Canadian Poets and the Canada Council for the Arts. Anna was also the winner of the Li Bai gift poem, 150 poems which were given to the public at his World Poetry Life Celebration. Other features are a book launch by Bernice Lever, Ashok Bhargava and Jasmine.

Anna Yin, IT Geek & poet, born in China, immigrated to Canada in 1999. Her passion for poetry bloomed after that. She won the 2005 Ted Plantos Memorial Award, 2010 MARTY Award for her poetry and other awards. In 2011 her book “Wings Toward Sunlight” was published by Mosaic Press. She is a member of the League of Canadian Poets. CBC Radio interviewed her twice for her poetry. Her poems in English & Chinese and ten translations by her were in a Canadian Studies’ textbook used by Humber College. Her Poetry Alive events have been a new approach to help people explore and appreciate poetry. Her website:

Purple and Gold

–In Memory of P.K. Page

You life is a purple pearl sent from the old Kingdoms to the long West Coast. Your childhood rides on horseback with irises, bluebells and lavender all violet in purple clouds.

World Poetry Cafe Proudly Presents Rapper Robbie Engelquist from Canada!

By worldpoetry on February 5, 2012 - 8:31pm

Hailing from New Westminster BC, Canada, talented poet and rapper Robbie Engelquist joined hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Oparin Ortiz along with radio technician Medhi on the World Poetry Cafe Radio show, January 31st in downtown Vancouver, BC, on unceded First Nation land.

Robbie spoke about the therapeutic influence of rapping and poetry in his life and how it has empowered him in his life. He performs for youth with mental health issues and others as well. Robbie shared a new rap that he had just written and a poem. Guest host Oparin Ortiz spoke compared of some poems of poet Robert Frost to rap and a good discussion followed.The interview gave listeners a new appreciation of “Ethical Rap” and it’s transformational abilities.

Beautiful E-poems from Carol Knepper and Margaret Eaton rounded out the show.

World Poetry Cafe Radio Show Needs Your Help!

By worldpoetry on April 30, 2009 - 11:40pm

Help needed!

The World Poetry Cafe Radio show is a live weekly show, Tuesday nights from 9-10 pm PST on Co-op Radio 102.7 FM or internet ( a commercial free radio station) located in Vancouver BC. Canada. Hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Alejandro Mujica-Olea and the technician Medhi are all volunteers. We have to pay $700 per year to Co-op Radio to keep our show on the air. The show includes a 20 minute featured guest spot in person or by phone interview, a e-poem section where we read your e-poems in two languages and Creativity Rocks where you questions are answered by Ariadne Sawyer, a Creative Consultant and Poetic News. We also have a featured musician each month where four songs are played.
Twice a year, the radio has a fundraiser and call for membership. Please help keep our show on the air and give a voice to multicultural, multilingual, poets, writers and musicians.
Become a member or make a donation to our radio show. Reciepts for amounts over $30 can be mailed out to you.
If you put in the name of the World Poetry Cafe, the money will be earmarked to our account and you will help keep our show on the air.
For more info, or if you want an e-poem read on the air or an inteview, or a featured musicians spot, contact Ariadne at and please support our show-become a member!

The World Poetry Café Radio Show Proudly Presents Peter Lojewski Feb. 3rd!

By worldpoetry on February 1, 2009 - 1:08am

The World Poetry Café Radio Show Proudly Presents Peter Lojewski Feb. 3rd!

Award winning painter and poet Peter Lojewski will be featured
on the World Poetry Café Tuesday from 9-10 PST. on 102-7 fm or on the internet at and
link to the World Poetry Cafe on Tuesday Feb.3rd.
Hosts: Ariadne Sawyer and guest host Diego Bastianutti.
Peter will be receiving a World Poetry Painter of Excellence
Award at the 8th World Poetry on February 27th at 7 pm at the Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia St..
Listen to our unique multicultural show!
Ariadne Sawyer MA,

World Poetry Cafe Radio Show proudly presents poet Kagan Goh, Jan. 6th at 9 pm!

By worldpoetry on December 31, 2008 - 9:54am

World Poetry Cafe Radio Show at 9 pm on 102;7 fm or on the internet:
(World Poetry Cafe) proudly present the first poet of the New Year Kagan Goh!
Hosts Ariadne Sawyer and guest host World Poetry Lifetime Achievment Award Winner 2009,
Diego Bastianutti will welcome Kagan Goh.
Kagan Goh is an author who has been published in anthologies such as “Strike the Wok”, “The Return of the Downtown Eastside Poets” and “The Bulletin.” He is a well-established spoken word poet who has participated in poetry slams and numerous readings, open mikes and festivals. Kagan was chosen as one of the feature poets for CBC radio’s “Poetry Face Off”. Central themes running through his work are the damaging effects of the stigma of mental illness, and the exploration of mental illness as a spiritual emergence and vehicle for personal growth and spiritual transformation. Kagan's deeply personal poems and short stories illustrate his transformation from victim to survivor to activist.
Regular host and co-founder Alejandro Mujica-Olea will be reading in Brazil and traveling to Chile for six weeks. Our best wishes to him on his trip.

World Poetry Reading Series Second Call for Poems!

By worldpoetry on November 6, 2007 - 11:35am

World Poetry Reading Series Second Call!

World Poetry is requesting poems about the environment (The World Poetry Environmental Project) for display during
the celebration of our 7th Gala in February, 2008.
All selected poems will be on display for one month in the Literature section of the Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch, 350 West Georgia, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
News from the World Poetry Peace Project:
According to the Vancouver Public Library, 700 library patrons viewed The World Poetry Peace Project display in 2007.
*One hundred twenty five poems were written for display on the night of the Gala on February 23, 2007 by the public.
*Seventeen World Poetry poets and writers volunteered at the "Create a Poem" table next to the display Monday through Saturday during the month of February 2007.
World Poetry will have another interactive display for 2008 and include an environmental suggestion box and explore the possibility of an anthology.

Please note the following rules:
Theme: Environment. Bi-lingual poems are very welcome.
1) One poem only please. Note: If the poem is in two languages, one page per
language is permitted.
2) Size 12 -14 fonts.
3) Name, city and country with a copyright symbol at the bottom.
4) All poems are copyrighted to the writer and used for display purposes

World Poetry Lives Thanks to CBC TV!

By worldpoetry on October 30, 2007 - 3:25pm

World Poetry Lives!

Thanks to a CBC TV News feature with Bob Nixon, we were able to reach the amount of money we needed for our radio show, The World Poetry Café during the latest fall fundraiser.
A few minutes after the show was broadcast, I received a call from a donor in Victoria who kindly donated $200 to put us over our goal and keep us on the air!
We also want to thank poet Douglas Bacon, World Poetry Volunteer of the Year 2008 and Addena Sumter-Freitag for reading their poetry and expressing themselves with great soul on the subject of poetry.
We have to come up with $700 per year to keep The World Poetry Café on the air and during the two fundraisers that Co-op radio has per year, is the time to get memberships.
Coop Radio relies only upon the financial support of its members.
Thank you to CBC TV News and Gloria Macarenko for saying: “World Poetry Lives!”

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