We had a large group traveling from California. Suparna Ghosh, Canada, met us on a layover in Pennsylvania. We all stayed for a few days in Athens to see the sights.
After exploring the Acropolis, we went to the large museum at its base. Here, even waiting in line to enter held intrigue as the raised walkway led us over visible, in progress, archaeological dig site.
For the AEI/Dancing Poetry contingency, our Greek World Congress of Poets began a few days before the poets arrived. We toured the area and had meetings with 22nd WCP President Dr. Dimitris P. Kraniotis to discuss the final details of the Congress.
Meals offered time to get to know international poet friends. Rex and Diana Valentine, Washington, enjoy the company of Gisela Kipp, German;, Dulcie Lavine, England; and Vasiliki Mandlou, Greece.'
Our Congress in Greece was one of the largest with 205 registered participants from 65 countries. Despite the large number of poets, all who were registered received time to formally read a poem. Also, many scholarly papers were presented on various topics in interest regarding poetry in a world and historical scope.
Dr. Dimitris P. Kraniotis, President of the 22nd World Congress of Poets presented by Artists Embassy International spoke English well, but felt more comfortable with his brother-in-law Michael Athenasos, raised in Australia, to translate for him to ensure proper understanding with the poets of the world.
Between formal sessions, there was time to chat with new and old friends in the lobby, around the pool, and various other places in the Larissa Imperial Classical Hotel.
Many of our readings took place in public parks as we toured the area.
After one lunch, we joined together for an impromptu, joyful, Greek dance.
We were pleased to view Mount Olympus from our tour bus window.
Our Awards Banquet was formal and impressive. Many awards were bestowed for excellence in poetry and service to poets. Dulcie Lavine, England, receives a UPLI Gold Laurel Crown and the title of International Poet, Laureate Woman of Letters.
Natica and Richard Angilly's Poetic Dance Theater Company performed in various venues
Richard and Natica Angilly dance triumphantly beneath an arch of clarion horns.