On Tuesday December 10th, 2019 TriCities Chapter of Amnesty International is hosting an evening of poetry, music, silent auction, delicious food, delightful company and more.
Come join us and get your tickets soon becuase space is limited.
I am humbly and utterly honored to be invited by Joy Silver to be the featured poet for the evening.
As I continue to write my story, I am going to be reading part of it at the event and some new and published poems from my three books, (I’m No Hero), (Counting Waves) & (Dreamers Needed). My books will be on display for sale and part of the proceeds will be donated to Amnesty International.
I look forward to seeing new and familiar faces on Tuesday.
I wish to thank Joy Silver and her incredible team for organizing the annual event that I am so much looking forward to.
You are invited to join us!
If you can’t make it and want to order copies of my books, feel free to contact me directly. Part of the proceeds of any book sold up to/ on the day of the event will be donated to Amnesty International.
Here are the events I will be present at in November where I am reciting poetry, telling stories, answering questions and selling my books (I’m No Hero) & (Counting Waves). I will also be reading some poems from my upcoming 3rd book (Dreamers Needed) that is coming in December.
All events listed here are FREE for the public to attend and all are wheelchair accessible:
Please see if you can come to one or more of those events ok?
>>>’Hands Off Yemen -Anti-War Rally’ on Saturday November 3rd, 1-3pm (rain or shine) 1245 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6H 1G7, Canada. You are strongly encouraged to share this event and please do come join us. https://www.facebook.com/events/340812466679376/
>>> On Tuesday November 6th, 7-9pm join us at the Holy Wow Poets Canada in the lobby of The ACT Art Centre 11944 Haney Pl, Maple Ridge BC V2X 6G1. There is an Open Mic so you too can bring a poem to share with us. I will read a couple of poems too 🙂
>>> On November 8th 6-8pm I am the host of Tellers of Short Tales where I present Chelene Knight who will read from her book then there is an Open Mic where I will share one of my short stories and you are invited to bring a story too or just come and enjoy people reading amazing stories. https://rclas.com/recurring/tellers-of-short-tales/
>>> On Sunday November 11, 2018 from 2-5pm you are invited to attend a great afternoon of poetry at the Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre 7646 Prince Albert Street Vancouver BC. Feature poets lined up are: Jaz Gill, Shahana Akter Mohua and Ahn Bong Ja. On Open Mic 🎤: Obet Calingo, Una Bruhns and Bonnie Quan Symons. There will be a sign-up sheet as well for people who want to share a poem with us. It is a free event so do come and enjoy some treats and wonderful poetry. For further information please contact: Ashok Bhargava President Writers International Network https://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/moberly-arts-and-cultural-centre.aspx
Indian Classical Music by Naad Foundation Woven World Tapestry of Words by World Poetry
Tagore Songs by Vancouver Tagore Society Workshop Series
Bharata Natyam Dance by Alex Parappilly & Ashvini Sundaram
‘Raindrop: A Quest for Love’ – A musical theatre by Vancouver Tagore Society
The story of ‘Raindrop: A Quest for Love’ revolves around two parallel plots of love and nature. In one, the dance-drama presents Dhora, the protagonist, as a young woman furtively questing for love. Looking from outside, she rather seems to be a happy single, even though her Fear, the antagonist, does not allow her to follow her true emotions. In another, Dhora portrays the village soil getting dry deep inside and silently yearning for rain from Shyamal, the Dark Cloud; but her Fear does not let her welcome the changes she must undergo to embrace and enjoy the cloudburst. This dance-drama brings forth awareness of climate justice in an aesthetic way.
The Festival is presented by Vancouver Tagore Society and funded in part by cultural project grants from the City of Richmond and BC Arts Council.
I will be the host of (( Tellers of Short Tales )) Our feature Author: Nasreen Pejvack Date: Wednesday Sept 12, 2018 Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm Admission: FREE
Location: Anvil Centre, Room 413A, 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster
Open Mic Sign Up will be available for writers who would like to share their stories.
More info https://rclas.com/recurring/tellers-of-short-tales/
During the evening, I will read a short story of mine.
I will be performing Arabian Dance and will also gather the crowed to teach some basic dance moves so bring a hip scarf and come join me on Saturday September 22 at the Haney Farmers Market in Maple Ridge, BC between 10:00am-2:00pm HANEY FARMERS MARKET 2018 Market Events Memorial Peace Park on 224th in downtown Maple Ridge Every Saturday from 9 – 2, May 12 to November 11 http://www.haneyfarmersmarket.org email@example.com 604-467-7433 ext 2
At 1:00pm pm Saturday September 29th, I am one of the feature poets at the Strawberry and will be reading poems from my 2 previously published books and read from my upcoming poetry book. My books will be on sale as well during my reading.
Hills Library 7399 122 St, Surrey, BC V3W 5J2 https://surreylibraries.ca/locations/strawberry-hill-library
On Thursday August 9th from 6-8pm at Guildford Library in the Fireplace lounge there is a poetry recital event hosted by Surrey Writers and our host is Alan Woo. I am one of the poets on Open Mic. It would please me to see you there. Come and enjoy poetry at:
Photos by Janet Kvammen
I was honored to be feature poet at Poetry In The Park on Wednesday July 4, 2018 in New Westminster, BC in Queens Park.
All summer long, every Wednesday, go to Queens Park 6:30-8:30pm at the bandshell and enjoy poetry & open mic
Listen to the show and let me know what you think of my poems 🙂
If you also like to be sharing your poems on the air for the world to hear, call them on Fridays (not this coming one Friday March 30, they are off) but they are back on Friday April 6th, 2018. Call from anywhere in the world and you can also listen live.
Do you want to see the Iraq that flooded my heart
since childhood with much of the love
that is flowing in and through me?
Do you want to see the Iraq that made me respect the poor,
and value life?
Iraq that made me feel love for mountains,
hills and even skies?
That love was for ordinary, beautiful life
and a growing admiration for genuinely caring people.
Do you want to see my Iraq?
The Iraq that made my heart skip a beat
and never again returned to its previous rhythm
from the moment I crossed the borders
of that land into a foreign land?
This foreign land welcomed me:
accepted, fed and sheltered me.
Do you want to see the Iraq that put a lump in my throat?
Though I never cried enough,
the second the Turkish border guard
stamped that page on my passport
allowing me into their land;
I released my tears.
The stamp sounded much like
a loud single beat on a metal drum.
I recall looking through the night skies
when the plane took off,
taking me far, far away from Iraq.
From Istanbul heading to Canada;
I looked long and hard hoping
to see Iraq one more time.
From above the clouds,
against the cold window,
I pressed my face and prayed I could see Iraq
in the distance
– just one more time,
perhaps for the last time.
I never truly said goodbye.
I could not truly bid it farewell,
even though this was no vacation;
nor was it an easy or a safe choice to make.
I prayed in silence as the plane flew over Europe;
prayed that one day,
I would see my Iraq again…
but in peace.
‘Who leaves a land they love too much?’ I am asked from time to time
to which I answer,
‘Who wants to run back into their home
when it’s on fire?’
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