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Sept. 1, 2019 was a special day for poet Richard Doiron, as he was showcased
in a prestigious forum, namely "The South Branch Scribbler," hosted by New Brunswick author, Allan Hudson. Mr. Hudson showcases some of the finest writers in North America
on his blog. Richard considers this a great opportunity in that the blog is read world-wide, and the feedback has been outstanding. The interview can be found at:
There have been positive developments in the life of poet Richard Doiron of late; on May 27, 2019 he was officially apprised that he had been named World Poet Laureate by the group Pentasi B World Friendship Poetry, the group founded by Dr. Epitacio Tongohan (Doc PenPen B. Takipsilim), a group with a membership of over 8800.
Doc PenPen facilitates poetry events in diverse countries yearly, this year in Uzbekistan and China, in past years, India, Greece, Turkey, the Philippines and many more.
This year, Richard Doiron will be part of the China Festival, coordinated there by Chinese poet, Sophy Chen; Richard's book, "My Prayer for Peace" will be displayed and there will be translations of his work into Chinese.
Known in the literary world as Doc Penpen Bugtong Takipsilim, Dr. Epitacio Tongohan is called "The Father of Visual Poetry." He is the thrust behind international poetry festivals held yearly in diverse countries, such as China, India, Greece, Ghana, Italy, the Philippines etc., meeting with heads of states and being featured in national mainstream media as per such events.
Also, on May 17th, a full page was dedicated to Richard Doiron in the Miramichi Leader. Click here to view article.
In 2017, Richard received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Pentasi B World Friendship Poetry, spearheaded by Dr. Epitacio Tongohan (Doc PenPen), founder of a group with an international membership of over 9300. Dr. Tongohan promotes poetry festivals in various countries of the world on a yearly basis. On June 17th, 2017, Richard was also nominated for a prestigious lifetime achievement award with "Salute America - there is a winner in you," by Pasqual Bettio, CEO and Founder of the Hollywood Arts Council. Mr. Bettio is also a former Senator in the California Senior Legislature. Richard also continues to write in prolific fashion and is regularly published and cited for his work worldwide.
The above picture was taken in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, on May 25, 2012. It was taken as Richard Doiron was presented with the World Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award for 2012. The Award Ceremony was in conjunction with the 2nd World Poetry International Peace Festival, the two-day event bringing poets together from such diverse nations as the Philippines, Japan, Slovakia, India, Afghanistan, New Zealand, the United States and Canada, the latter represented by poets from many ethnic backgrounds, including Canada's First Nations. Entertainment was presented by the Asian Community of the Greater Vancouver area. At the event, Richard delivered a speech on peace, titled Poetry And Peace, a speech now published internationally. That speech is accessed via the following link: Poetry And Peace.
Special Recognition for
Moncton poet Richard Doiron got special recognition on Wednesday March 7, 2012,
at Moncton's Public Library, in a pre-celebration to his upcoming ceremony in Richmond,
British Columbia. Richard is the 2012 World Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award winner.
In this picture, left to right, award-winning poet and photo-journalist, Margaret Patricia
Eaton, who presented Richard with a Lifetime Achievement Award certificate, a special
letter of Introduction, and a lapel pin, denoting the Award, which Richard will officially
receive in Richmond, B.C. on May 25, 2012. The Award ceremony will be held in
conjunction with the 2nd Annual World Poetry International Peace Celebration. Poets from
countries such as Afghanistan, India and the Philippines are slated to participate, among
a number of nations.
Richard Doiron has been named recipient of the World Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award for 2012. The Award is to be presented to him at the World Poetry International Peace Festival, May 25, 26, 2012 in Richmond, British Columbia.
Richard Doiron's status as an author got a substantial boost on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010, as his friends Art Smith, formerly personal chef to Oprah Winfrey, and Smith's long-time partner, artist Jesus Salgueiro were wed in Washington, D.C. Richard authored the couple's wedding vows (as requested) and many publications, including the Washington Post reported "not a dry eye" at the ceremony, which was attended by 500 people, including many high-ranking politicians, entertainers, media personalities and invited guests from various parts of the globe. Excerpts from the vows made it into the Post and other publications of note.
Smith, also a best-selling author, is now owner and operator of restaurants in both Chicago and Washington, while Salgueiro continues to distinguish himself as a world-class artist (see above painting). The two founded "Common Threads" in 2003, a non-profit organization which helps bridge social boundaries by teaching children about nutrition and physical well-being, as well as fostering an appreciation of cultural diversity through cooking. The pair were named Chicagoans of the year in 2006 for their charitable endeavours.
The following link offers extensive coverage of the Smith-Salgueiro wedding, with numerous pictures and includes the vows, as originally written by Richard Doiron and recited at the wedding:
Richard Doiron's Poem Places First
Richard Doiron's poem "Ode To Keats" was recently awarded first place in World Poetry's John Keats Special Celebration contest, conducted in conjunction with the September 18 release of the film Bright Star by TVA Films of London, England. The historical romance is based on the life of the famous English Romantic poet and his relationship with Fanny Browne.
Richard's poem was read in English by Ariadne Sawyer and in Spanish by Alejandro Mujica-Olea on World Poetry Café Radio, CFRO, 102.7 F.M. on September 15. His poem, along with those of the other two prize-winners, was also read in the Vancouver theatre where the film was sneak-previewed on Sept. 16. Winners of the competition received passes to the new film, as well as movie posters.
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