2007 December Annual AEI Board Meeting, held in Berkeley, CA. In attendance, L-R: Tanya Joyce, Richard Angilly, Shukriya Devine, Natica Angilly, Betty Wong, Wanda Inmire, Arthur Chang, Arthur Levinson, Cindy Levinson, Gerry Eagan, Judy Cheung, Juliet Elliott, Liz Hack. Sarah Lum also attended but is not pictured
Artists Embassy International, www.dancingpoetry.com is the sponoring organization for Natica Angilly's Poetic Dance Theater Company and the Dancing Poetry Festival. AEI interacts with many organizations that work to further understanding through the arts. This page is a quick link to the various websites and contacts of the organizations in which AEI active members are affiliated. The listed organizations are independent of AEI with no formal affiliations to AEI, but come recommended by one or more of the active members and are approved by the executive board.
Shukriya's Dancers of the Pharoah thrill the audience with this sword dance.
Rakkasah: www.rakkasah.com Rakkasah is a San Francisco Bay Area based dance organization that holds some of the largest Middle Eastern dance festivals in the world. Each year, they sponsor 4 major events. Many AEI board members are also on staff at Rakkasah events. Each Rakkasah presents a series of classes in belly dance, and various aspects of Middle Eastern Dance. The weekend Festival and Bazaar is a family friendly step into the cradle of civilization with dancers representing cultures from the Atlantic North African area to western China and the "...stan" countries and cultures. International teachers offer classes. Rakkasah is coordinated by AEI member Shukriya DeVine. Spring Caravan, held in New Jersey, is coordinated by Shukriya's daughter, Michelle Devine Thurgeson. Dancers of the Phaerohs is the host dance troupe for Rakkasah and is directed by Shukriya Devine.
L-R Judy Cheung, Ben Yuzon, Natica Angilly, Pilar Yuzon meet for business in Ben and Pilar's backyard filled with gigantic orchids
United Poets Laureate International works to bring peace and brotherhood throughout the world through poetry. UPLI sponsors a World Congress of Poets approximately once every 2 years. Congresses have recently been held in Mongomery, Alabama, USA, 2007; Tai An and Beijing, China, 2005, Plainview, Texas, USA, 2004; Bangkok, Thailand, 2002, Clark, The Philippines, 2000. Our next World Congress of Poets will be held in Managua, Nicaragua, 2009. Greece is scheduled for our 2011 Congress.
Participation in a World Congress is open to poets of the world who strive to bring understanding between people of all cultures. Membership in UPLI is by recommendation of members and review of the board. Membership and board members are world-wide.
UPLI President, Benjamin R. Yuzon, M.E., hon.Ph.D., and his wife Pilar are members of AEI. They have been recognized and awarded at the Dancing Poetry Festival for their continual work to bring together poets of the world for interchanges and personal friendship. UPLI President, Benjamin R. Yuzon, has received numerous awards throughout the world. UPLI was founded by his father in the Philippines the 1960's. It is a 501c3 organization.
Poet's of the Vineyard Multi-Cultural Poetry Reading and Poet Luck Lunch allows poets from different cultures and languages to get to know each other through sharing food and poetry. English is our common language. Over the years, we have had poetry read in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, Viet Namese, Pilipino, Pampangan, German, French, Greek and Spanish.
Poets of the Vineyard email POV President Judy Cheung at email@example.com POV has no website. It is a small poetry organization centered in Sonoma County, California. We have members from all over the United States and a some from around the world. Events are advertised through AEI, UPLI and its own POV monthly Newsletter. The biggest annual event of POV is the Annual Multi-Cultural Poetry Reading and Poet Luck Lunch co-sponsored by AEI and the Redwood Empire Chinese Association. AEI member Judy Cheung is POV president. AEI's Natica and Richard Angilly are active members and frequently featured in the POV Newsletter.
The main activity (besides eating and having fun) is the Pick-a-Poet reading. During lunch, bilingual poetry books are available. Poets have the opportunity to choose a poem then choose a partner to read the other language. This way, people who do not speak the same languages can interact and get to know poets through poetry. The readings are done in pairs, round-robin style. Even if a poet speaks two languages, it is requested that each pick a partner for the second language. Interesting discussions are generated when two or three translations of the same poem are read and compaired.
For information about Poets of the Vineyard, email President Judy Hardin Cheung at firstname.lastname@example.org
RECA Dragon Dancers at their 2007 Chinese New Year Celebration
The Redwood Empire Chinese Association, www.recacenter.org, is headquartered in Santa Rosa California. The Annual Multi-Cultural Poetry Reading and Pot Luck Lunch is held at the RECA Multi-Cultural Center each August. RECA offers Chinese language classes, English Literacy for Adults, Tai Chi, Cultural Dance, and an Adult Chorus. Annual events include the Multi-Cultural Poetry Reading and Pot Luck Lunch co-sponsored by AEI and Poets of the Vineyard, Chinese New Year Celebration, Traditional New Year Celebration, New Years Eve Party, Joint Asian Pot Luck Dinner, Christmas Social, and an Annual Picnic. RECA has a Senior Mah Jong Club and a very active Youth Group. RECA acts as a source for community and governmental assistance for translating and cultural understanding. Cultural programs are provided for schools, governmental agencies, other organizations and for the community in general.