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24th World Congress of Poets, Day 4, November 30, 2016

Presented by United Poets Laureate International
DoubleTree Hilton Sonoma Wine Country, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa, CA, USA President Judy Hardin Cheung, Santa Rosa, CA, USA
UPLI President Virgilio A. Yuzon, Manila, Philippines Photos selected and edited by Judy Hardin Cheung
Photos taken by Dory Maganito, Loreen Abbott, Judy Cheung, Manette Cortez
These photos may be copied for promoting the World Congress of Poets, UPLI, and poetry in general.
For higher resolution photos, please contact Judy Cheung at jhcheung@comcast.net

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Group Photo from the gala Grand Finale of our WCP Awards Banquet, Welcome to Wonderland, performed by Natica and Richard Angilly’s Poetic Dance Theater Company to end the formal four days of the 24th World Congress of Poet, 2016. www.dancingpoetry.com

Wednesday, November 30, Day 4:

Keynote speech by Alita George, Ina Coolbrith, California’s First Poet Laureate as Mentor
Nancy Arbothnot, Noriko Mizusaki, Le Pham Le: Trilingual Poetry Reading
Suparna Ghosh, paper: The Occasional Ghazal
Shinko Fushimi, Japan, paper: Haiku
Jiro Oba, Japan, poem
Discussion Panel: International Publication of Your Poetry

Elma Photikarm of World of Poetry,
Elizabeth Hack of San Francisco Peace and Hope
Judy Hardin Cheung of Poets of the Vineyard Newsletter

General Assembly
Justin Eggert, Martial Arts demonstration
Greetings from Members who wanted to attend but could not, by WCP President Judy Cheung
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Our Wednesday morning began with our keynote speaker, Aleta George, CA, USA, aletageorge.blogspot.com, introducing her book, Ina Coolbrith, the Bittersweet Song of California’s First Poet Laureate. Ina Coolbrith, (1841-1928) was a librarian of Oakland, CA. She was named California Poet Laureate in 1915, the first person designated as a poet laureate in the USA. Her friends included Mark Twain, Ambrose Beirce, Joaquin Miller, Charles Warren Stoddard and many other well known California Poets. They started the Ina Coolbrith Circle which continues today. Judy Cheung is a past President of Ina Coolbrieth Circle. Richard Angilly is current President for life.

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Demonstrating the true meaning and purpose of the World Congress of Poets, Lê Phạm Lê, Viet Nam/USA; Shinko Fushimi, Japan; and Nancy Arbuthnot, USA, read a trio of poems. Each poet read one of her original poems in its original language, and then the other two read it in their own languages. We were gifted with hearing three poems from three countries, each read in three languages. The presentation was stunning with all three women dressed in Japanese kimonos.


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Suparna Ghosh, India/Canada, gave a talk about The Occasional Ghazal which is a form that originated in the Arabic language, then came to India in the 12th century. She played a CD for examples which were very meditative and inspiring.



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Professor Shinko Fushimi, Ph.D., Aikoku Gakuen University, Japan, gave a comprehensive and interesting talk on the origins, development and writing of haiku.



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Jiro Oba, Japan, concluded this set of presentations with an original poem which he read in English.

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Our morning concluded with a discussion panel about International Publication of Your Poetry. Intently listening to a question posed by a poet are L-R: Judy Cheung who talked about her small Poets of the Vineyard Newsletter. jhcheung@comcast.net. Liz Hack discussed her poetry website San Francisco Peace and Hope, www.sfpeaceandhope.com. Elma Photikarm told us about her well known, world-wide poetry quarterly, Poems of the World. editor@poemsoftheworld.com Poets had the opportunity to ask questions after each gave an overview of how they publish poetry internationally. Poets are invited to join each of these publications.

 

imgJustin Eggert opened our Wednesday afternoon program. Justin is a master in Wu Shu martial arts. He has his own academy in Santa Rosa, www.wu- academy.com.

Justin is internationally acclaimed expert in Shoulin style martial arts. He has reached the highest rank and is qualified to judge the Olympics. He frequently judges international events and takes groups on learning excursions to China.

Tai Chi is a form of poetry in motion.

 
Workshops on Spreading Joy through Poetry, please choose one:

Putting Your Poetry to Dance by Natica Angilly, CA, USA

Poetry and Dance as a unified art form such a natural combination, that some cultures make little or no distinction between the two. In our current world, mainstream society, we have separated the two and isolated them as separate genres. Natica Angilly, producer of the Dancing Poetry Festival for 23 years, has many years of experience in combining the two forms. She and her husband, Richard, were first known as The Poet and The Dancer, and still use that name when performing as a duo. This workshop will be hands on, feet moving (or arm moving if you remain seated). You will receive insights into how to put your poetry to dance.

Poetry as Mooring: The Joy of Mentoring Ourselves and Others Through Poetry of
John O’Donohue, David Whyte, and Rainer Maria Rilke
by Constantina Clark, OH, USA.

When we mentor ourselves or another human being, our goal is to transfigure our aloneness by picking up the pieces of our fragmentation, integrating all the disjointed pieces within a place of wholeness and well-being, moving from isolation to intimacy to joy. Using the poetry of the above poets, a methodology for mentoring both ourselves and others through poetry will be presented.

Poetry as a Healing Artby Cathy Dana, CA, USA

As Cathy Dana said in the Preface of her poetry book, My Dad Believed in Love, “We all grapple with love and loss, heartbreak and immeasurable joy.” How do we turn loss and heartbreak into healing? Healing for ourselves, for those we love, for the world? Robert Frost says, “Poetry is about the grief. Politics is about the grievance.” R. Queen says, “We are a flicker of starlight and won’t be back. Say what you need to say.” In a supportive environment, explore healing through poetry.

General assembly: Workshops will share what they have learned with everyone.
Group photo

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Putting Your Poetry to Dance, led by Natica Angilly, CA, USA began with a roundtable talk and discussion.



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Everyone had a chance to use inspirational poetic dance moves to express their poems in motion.


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Constantina Clark, Ph.D. led Poetry as Mooring: The Joy of Mentoring Ourselves and Others Through Poetry of John O’Donohue, David Whyte, and Rainer Maria Rilke by Constantina Clark, OH, USA.



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Poets had a chance to write then read their newly inspired poems.


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Poetry as a Healing Art by Cathy Dana, CA, USA: As Cathy Dana said in the Preface of her poetry book, My Dad Believed in Love



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Cathy used various props to show techniques of how to create poetry to be used as a healing art.

Group Photo

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Our official group photo. Even this photo did not get everyone. Many people came for less than the entire time, and missed this photo op; but this is the core group of the 24th World Congress of Poets.
Please notice our “goody bags.” The green ones were donated by Mrs. Ma from Asia Mart in Santa Rosa, www.asiamartgrocery.com. The blue and white ones were donated by the California Welcome Bureau of Santa Rosa, CA, along with many of our “goodies” inside, www.visitsantarosa.com/welcome-center. Rohnert Park Chamber of Commerce, www.rohnertparkchamber.org, also donated items that were included. Bags also contained Rejuvination, the 24th WCP Anthology, Cycles and Transitions, a chapbook of poetry and photography by Judy Cheung, and many other little things. We all thank everyone who contributed time, items or money to help make our Congress a gigantic success.

Awards Banquet with Entertainment
Sponsored by UPLI President Virgilio (Gil) A. Yuzon
Redwood Empire Chinese Association’s Adult Chorus and Adult Cultural Dancers

Mo Li Hua (Jasmine Flower) in Chinese
Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) in Japanese
Papaya Song in Filipino

Chorus members: Jean Bee Chan, Po Lam Cheung, David Chung, Gloria Chung, Elena Hsi,

Lisa Liang, Su Ning Qin, Cathy Ringstad, Sandy Sullivan, Fang Stevenson, Joe Wang, Nancy Wang, Joe Wang, Wanlun Wang, Linda Yu, Hongwu Zhang, Keyboard: Robert Yee,
Director: Lisa Gardner
Fan Dance, Paula Chan, Lisa Gardner, Lisa Liang, Xia Liu, Linda Yu

Dinner

Awards for World Congress of Poets and United Poets Laureate International

Farewell words by Gil Yuzon
Performers: Natica Angilly,

Richard Angilly, Wanda Ingmire, Loywanner Haddadou, Ronda Hollie, Cindy Levinson, Lee Salomon, Nancy Merritt. Takako Miyashita
If You Have Not Visited Before, poem by Tanya Joyce
Avebury Polished and Rough, poem by Tanya Joyce, Danced by Alisha Rodrigues
Welcome to Wonderland poem by Richard Angilly

Night Owl Poetry Reading led by Rex Valentine

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The Awards Banquet was a dress up affair and a grand time for everyone to have a last gala gathering together. For many, this was their last night. For most, it was the last formal event before taking a tour of rural Sonoma County the next day. Whatever the next day’s plan, this was a grand evening.

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The Redwood Empire Chinese Association Adult Chorus opened our evening with Mo Li Hua (Jasmine Flower) in Chinese, Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) in Japanese, Papaya Song in Filipino.


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RECA finished with a traditional fan dance.

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Dr. Wanda Rider, Ph.D., received a lifetime achievement award for her long and dedicated service to UPLI. She is UPLI executive vice president. She has attended every UPLI WCP.



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President Gil Yuzon gave the evening talk, including reading from his recently published poetry book, Poet on Motorcycle.


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Judy Cheung receives an award for being President of the 24th World Congress of Poets presented by United Poets Laureate International, and for service to UPLI.



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Much to his surprise, President Gil Yuzon also received an award for being President of UPLI.


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Special awards also went to Dr. Ronald Shafer, Ph.D.



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Mary Halliburton, both for service to UPLI including being past Congress Presidents. Neither could be with us for this Congress.

Every poet attending received an award. Each was designated for their special talents and contributions to poetry, UPLI, and service to poets and poetry. Only a few awardees are pictured below.


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Wanda Ingmire, CA, USA,
Distinguished Service



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Peter Lee, Korea/CA, USA,
Excellence in Poetry



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Kay Renz, CA, USA,
Excellence in Poetry


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Jiro Oba, Japan, Poet of Merit



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Bianca Yuzon, Philippines,
Distinguished Service.
Bianca is Gil’s daughter



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Arthur Levinson, Distinguished Service.
Arthur is Natica’s god son.
In addition to videography, Arthur is also a poet.


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Nancy Arbuthnot, USA,
Distinguished Service



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Allegra Silberstein, CA, USA,
Poet of Merit



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Maria Kaplan,
Philippines/CA,USA,
Poet of Merit. Maria is Gil’s sister.

Our Grand Finale was performed by Natica and Richard Angilly’s Poetic Dance Theater Company

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Alisha Rodrigues performs a dance solo to the poem, Avebury, Polished and Rough by Tanya Joyce. Richard and Natica Angilly hold a piece of art by Tanya Joyce created as a backdrop for this dance.

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Natica and the Poetic Dancers perform If You Have Not Visited Here Before, by Tanya Joyce.

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Welcome to Wonderland was the great Grand Finale. The encore bow was with everyone joined together for an impromptu group photo (first photo on this page.)