First and foremost, I would like to acknowledge that I humbly live on the traditional, unceeded territories of the səlil̓wətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) & xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. Thank you for allowing me to live on your land —Vancouver, BC Canada.
I am a Canadian citizen who migrated from Kurdistan —Present day Northern Iraq, in 1995 after spending over a year as an asylum seeker in Turkey.
I was born and raised in Baghdad in 1972, I am the fifth of eleven children; three boys and seven girls –one brother passed away in infancy.
I am the author of ( I’m No Hero) and ( Counting Waves ) published by: Silver Bow Publishing. I am dedicating my third book of poems ( Dreamers Needed ) to my teenage boys, Trey, 15 and Wyatt, 13.
I started reciting my poems for the first time in 2013 at The Holy Wow Poets Canada in Maple Ridge. I am currently a member of the Canadian Authors Association, Federation of BC Writers, The Royal City Literary Art Society and the Holy Wow Poets Canada. I am presently the secretary of the Royal City Literary Arts Society. I work as a freelance interpreter.
I was commissioned in the fall of 2017 to write a poem about the refugee experience to DaCapo Chamber Choir in Toronto. The event will feature my poem “I am here” in spring 2019.
I was one of the recipients of the 2018 Distinguished Poet Award from WIN– Writers International Network Canada and was 3rd place winner at the 2018 Tagore Festival Peace Poems contest. Since first sharing my poetry in 2013, I have featured in numerous poetry events throughout the Greater Vancouver area.
My work has been published in The Royal City Poets Anthologies (Silver Bow Publishing), The Royal City Literary Arts Society online magazine eZine, Wordplay at Work, Creative Quills Ink Verse (North Vancouver), Celebrate Canada 150 and Culture Days From Far and Wide (Multicultural Creative Writing Collection 2017) and the 2018 Holy Wow Poets Anthology (Maple Ridge).
We acknowledge that this event is held on the traditional, unceded territories of the səlil̓wətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) & xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. The ancestral land of the Coast Salish People. Thank you for allowing us to be on your land
Poet Rise Up is part of (Art Action Hub, Vancouver) Come and listen to poets: Elee Kraljii Gardiner … Rajdeep Dhaliwal … Rita Wong … @Brandy Liên Worrall-Soriano & myself the MC Lozan Yamolky Poets will read poems about climate change and about our beautiful planet so come and listen and be inspired. The poets will bring their published books and chapbooks so come support, local artists.
An old photo of me performing in my backyard ( Arabian Dance ) in 2013 in Maple Ridge
Tomorrow, is Thursday September 5th and it is the Holy Wow Poetic Pasta Recital (I will be the featured poet plus there will be Open Mic) Location: Pitt Meadows Golf Course (Anderson Room) 13615 Harris Rd, Pitt Meadows BC V3Y 2R8
Thursday September 5th, 2019 At: 6:00pm Join us for Pasta Night: Delicious Pasta Buffet $22.95 + Drinks + Gratuity & Tax/person.
As much as I wish to read poetry, tell stories & perform, I can only do one of those things tomorrow 🙂 I can’t wait to see many of my friends there plus my dear uncle Serwan Yamolky will be there and I can’t wait to share poems from my third collection of poetry ( Dreamers Needed ) https://binged.it/2ZL6S79
there is a slight chance that I may surprise them and do dance 🙂 Watch this clip of my uncle’s music soooo sweeeeet
ڕۆژی 14-8-2019 ماڵی كورد ،لیژنەی جینۆسایدو ئەنفال، لەشاری فانکۆڤەر/کەنەدا، مەراسیمێکی تایبەت بەجینۆسایدی كوردە ئێزدییەکان سازدەکات. لەم مەراسیمەدا، چەندین خەڵکی شارەزاو پسپۆر، بەشداری دەکەن و قسەوباس و لێكۆڵینەوە دەکەن، لە ڕووی سیاسی ، کلتووری ،کۆمەڵایەتی و دەروونیەکانی تاوانەکە. تیشک دەخەنە سەر زۆر لایەنی شاراوەی تاوانەکە، هەڵوێست گرتن لەسەر نامرۆڤانەترین و وەحشیانەترین ڕەفتاری داعش، دەرهەق بە ژنان ، منداڵان ،كوڕو كچان و پیاوان و بەساڵاچوانی كوردی ئێزدی لەوێنەیەكی تراژیدیادا، دەخەنە ڕوو . ماڵی كورد، داوا لەڕەوەندی كوردی شاری فانکۆفەرو دەوروبەری دەكات، كە لەم مەراسیمە تایبەت و گرنگەدا ئامادەبن و ڕۆڵیان هەبێت . Honour us with your presence! On behalf of the Kurdish House , we would like to invite you to attend: Kurdish Eezidi Genocide Remembrance Event . شوێن. و كاتی مەراسیمەكە : ————————— Location : Simon Fraser University —SFU Downtown Campus ( Room 7000 ) Address: 555 W. Hastings St. Vancouver BC Date : Wednesday,August 14th ,2019 Time :7:15-9:00pm. سوپاس بۆ ئامادەبوونتان ماڵی كورد
All photos taken from google images. Non of the photos are mine. I am only using them to highlight the plight and the horror the Yezidi people suffered in the hand of isis
Copied information from Facebook: Office statistics of the rescue of Yazidi abductees, stated below, as the result of the heinous crimes committed by the terrorists of the organization; Islamic State in Iraq and the Sham (ISIS). The numbers against the Yazidis, since 03-08-2014: *These statistics are approved by the United Nations. – The number of Yezidis in Iraq: 550,000 people. – The number of people displaced by an invasion is approximately 360,000. – The number of martyrs in the first days of the invasion 1,293. The number of orphans produced by the invasion: 2,745. – The number of mass graves discovered in Shingal has so far been 80. In addition to dozens of individual cemetery sites. – The number of religious shrines that have been bombed by: 68. – The number of those who emigrated outside the country is estimated at more than 100,000.
*Number of abductees 6,417. Of which: Females: 3,548 Males: 2,869
*The numbers of survivors following the tragedy is as follows: