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World Poetry News: at UBC!

By worldpoetry on December 3, 2012 - 10:24pm

World Poetry News: We had our second World Poetry meeting at UBC, Saturday, November 24, World Poetry Youth Team Celebration,1-3pm, Lillooet room ,301, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, University of British Columbia, 1961 East Mall Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1,
World Poetry Youth Team Hosts: Yilin Wang, World Poetry Youth Team Leader and Anita Aguirre Nieveras, MA, Educator and professor, author of several books.

Jim Wong-Chu is a poet and editor. A nationally recognized and founding member of the Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop, he is the writer of a number of published works of poetry, including Chinatown Ghosts (Arsenal) He had two meetings with us and gave us lots of helpful suggestions as well as doing an exceptional reading from his book.

Features: Israel Mota, poet, actor and musician, Spanish host of the World Poetry Cafe Radio Show.

Jacqueline Maire, World Poetry Life Time Achievement Award Winner, 2012 and author of Your Last Brainwaves, published by World Poetry Publishing.

We are honoured to welcome a new member and talented poet, Mutiu Olawuyi to World Poetry!

By worldpoetry on December 3, 2012 - 10:19pm

We are honoured to welcome a new member and talented poet, Mutiu Olawuyi to World Poetry!

Mutiu Olawuyi (JP) is a Gambian-based Nigerian Poet, translator, literary critic, anthologist and activist. He is the initiator and Managing Editor of MUSE FOR WOMEN and POETRY ZONE groups (online) -where poets from corners of the world ink to say NO TO VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN and share their work for constructive criticism respectively. He published three collections of poetry titled: AMERICAN LITERARY LEGENDS AND OTHER POEMS (2010) and THOUGHTS FROM THE JUNGLE (2012) and 9/11 POETRY (2012). He edited and contributed to the maiden ANTHOLOGY OF THE MUSE FOR WOMEN (2012). His poems and articles have appeared in international journals and magazines in Nigeria, India, United States, Ireland, Greece, England and Canada. Olawuyi also has some of his poems translated to Yoruba, Arabic, Malayalam, Telugu, Greek, Esperanto and Hungarian. For more information about Mutiu, go to

My Days Outside Were Never Wasted
By Mutiu Olawuyi

I do not believe they were wasted
my days outside Ikirun-Agunbe;
the cola-nut demography where – son
of the soil – I call proudly myself
even though my mother’s womb landed
me not really there, but Ilesha.

I do not believe they were wasted the days I spent in Mesu-Jamba land;

World Poetry welcomes Sultan Khilji, a talented poet and artist from Lahore, Pakistan to our site!!

By worldpoetry on November 7, 2012 - 11:00am

Ariadne’s notes: We are so pleased to welcome Sultan Khilji, a talented poet and artist from Lahore, Pakistan to our World Poetry Site!
He will be interviewed live with hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Israel Mota and technician Medhi will welcome Sultan.on the World Poetry Cafe Radio Show on November 6 at www. at 9 pm PST. On November 7th the link will go up so you can download the show. The show is not available yet.

Sultan Khilji is an author and visual artist based in Pakistan. Just the spell of his name has a sense that’s royal, which entails history, shyness, maturity, and yet, is slumber-less. He demands immaculate perfection from himself. Sits and soaks himself with the world around him, and then takes his own time to spell it out in words, which craft poems.

He never claimed to be a poet, so when he pens he does it like he’s doing for the first time, as well as the last. Little afraid, a bit keen, overwhelmed and mesmerized with experience of his observation. He likes to listen to music, – any music. He likes to cook – any dish. He likes to paint – any form. Yet in all three there’s one thing in common – he’s creating poetry.

World Poetry Proudly Presents Award Winner Michael Kwaku Kesse Somuah!

By worldpoetry on November 1, 2012 - 9:13pm

Ariadne wrote: “On behalf of our World Poetry Canada International Community, we would like to send warm congratulations to Michael for his award in Literary Arts presented by John Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana. As a family , we are so proud of you!”

Michael wrote:
“Dear Mother Ariadne, I bring you warm compliments and love from Ghana and trust you are all fine?
I won the award on the delightful Thursday as the Young Achiever in Literary Arts at the maiden edition of the National Youth Achievers Award by the Excellency, John Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana. The National Youth Achievers Award is a national recognition platform designed to publicly honour exceptional youths between the ages of 15-35, who have excelled in various sectors of the country, with the hope of preparing them for responsible leadership.
The Literary Art is awarded to a Ghanaian youth who has been involved in literary activities in his school or community, and environment by producing works that are likely and have contributed to the rich store of a Ghanaian literary heritage.

Griot, a must see film coming to VIFF!

By worldpoetry on September 19, 2012 - 2:05pm

Ariadne’s note: The World Poetry Cafe Radio Show is honoured to interview the stars of Griot on Tuesday, September 18th, 9-10 pm,on CFRO, 100.5 FM by phone from New York and Montreal. To hear this wonderful interview CLICK HERE!

The film and a one time only special concert is coming to the Vancouver International Film Festival. The concert is presented in association with : Griot Senegalease kora and western trumpet coming to Vancouver to a special live concert performance on Friday, Sept. 28, 9:15 pm start at the Vogue Theatre. World Poetry has one pair of tickets for the concert. The first one who sends an email to will receive two tickets to this special event. On this site we have broken a record-2,065 visitors for Tuesday! Thank you Yaman for the promotion.

Griot for a preview.

Special Presentations

(France, 2012, 82 mins, HDCAM)

Mandinka, French, English, Wolof

World Director:Volker Goetze

PROD Volker Goetze CAM Sanne Kurz EDS Victor Kanefsky, Volker Goetze MUS Ablaye Cissoko, Volker Goetze PROD CO Weitblick Media

Vancouver, BC,Sep 27 06:30 pm Empire Granville 7 Cinemas Theatre #2
Sep 30 01:30 pm
Vancity Theatre @ VIFC

Presented in association with:

Maria Mak. Burnaby Realtors. 604.839.6368

By Maria Mak - Sut... on September 8, 2012 - 6:00pm

My name is Maria Mak 麥福玲, a Burnaby REALTOR® / Metro Vancouver Real Estate Agent with Sutton Centre Realty.

I approach real estate the same way I approach my art...with passion! When it comes to serving my clients I always come with a big smile and, most importantly, a big heart!

Maria Mak. Burnaby Real Estate. Know the rules when insuring secondary suites

By Maria Mak - Sut... on September 8, 2012 - 1:52pm

Secondary suites continue to be an affordable housing option for Metro Vancouver area residents, benefitting home owners as mortgage helpers and tenants as a less expensive roof over their heads.

Secondary suites are so prevalent that Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation estimates there are now about 101,808 accessory suites in the Metro Vancouver region.

“With so many suites in our area, it’s important to remind home owners to let their insurer know about a suite and to buy insurance to cover the suite,” says REBGV member David Chambers, a licensed REALTOR® and a licensed insurance agent, and vice-president of Chambers Olson Insurance in Vancouver.

Legal or illegal

“Whether the suite is legal or illegal, having insurance coverage is vital,” says Chambers who notes there is a misconception among home owners that their existing policy will cover a suite. “It doesn’t,” says Chambers.

Maria Mak. Burnaby Real Estate Agents. Home sellers continue to outnumber buyers in Greater Vancouver’s summer housing market

By Maria Mak - Sut... on September 5, 2012 - 9:02pm

VANCOUVER, BC – Home sale activity remained below long-term averages in the Greater Vancouver housing market in August.

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential property sales of detached, attached and apartment properties reached 1,649 in August, a 30.7 per cent decline compared to the 2,378 sales in August 2011 and a 21.4 per cent decline compared to the 2,098 sales in July 2012.

August sales were the second lowest total for the month in the region since 1998 and 39.2 per cent below the 10-year August sales average of 2,711.

“Home sales this summer have been lower than we’ve seen for most of the past ten years, yet we continue to see relative stability when it comes to prices,” Eugen Klein, REBGV president said.

New listings for detached, attached and apartment properties in Greater Vancouver totalled 4,044 in August. This represents a 13.7 per cent decline compared to August 2011 when 4,685 properties were listed for sale on the MLS® and a 15.8 per cent decline compared to the 4,802 new listings in July 2012.

“For sellers it’s critical to work with your REALTOR® to understand today’s market and to develop the best strategy for selling your home,” Klein said. “On average it’s taking about two months for a home to sell on the MLS® in Greater Vancouver today.”

Maria Mak. Burnaby Real Estate Agents. Metro Vancouver Realtors. 604.839.6368

By Maria Mak - Sut... on September 1, 2012 - 7:57pm

Contact Maria Mak and her team @ 604.839.6368 for all your premium professional real estate services. With over 20 years experience in the real estate market in Metro Vancouver and Burnaby area, Maria can surely put a big smile on your face when you buy and sell real estate. Visit her website for hosuing market's updates.

Maria Mak. Burnaby Real Estate Agents. Metro Vancouver Realtors. Canadian Housing Market remains stable

By Maria Mak - Sut... on September 1, 2012 - 7:42pm

The Canadian Real Estate Association reports that sales activity for already-built homes remained flat from June to July despite off-peak sales in prime markets like Vancouver and Toronto. Balance was maintained with above-average activity in places like Kingston, Chilliwack and Calgary and price increases for single-family homes and townhouses. Analysts say first-time homebuyers likely did not contribute to the stabilized margins due to the fact that many are still having difficulty in securing financing. For more on this continue reading the following article from Property Wire.

National resale housing activity in Canada remained stable from June to July 2012, according to the latest figures from the Canadian Real Estate Association.

Prices are off their recent peaks in Greater Vancouver and Greater Toronto, but remain above year ago levels in most markets. The number of local housing markets was roughly evenly split between those that saw month on month gains and those that posted monthly declines.

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