Dear brothers in poetry,

We are very happy to announce the success of the 36th WCP in Prague that was held from the 15th to the 20th of September this year of 2016. Its President Dr. Jiri Dedecek, Board Member of WAAC/WCP, who is also President of the Czech Pen Club did a great work; in this congress we celebrated the 115th birth anniversary of one of the most renowned Czech poets Jaroslav Seifert - the only Nobel laureate Czech writer.

This WCP was attended by almost 150 poets from Argentina, Austria, Bolivia, USA, México, Peru, United Kingdom, Canada, Morocco,  Holland, Hungary, France, Germany, Slovakia, Denmark, Ireland, Turkey, China, India, Taiwan, Iran, Mongolia, Spain, Israel, Malaysia and of course important Czech poets.

We were honored with the presence of our Patron Dr. Yu Hsi in the Opening Ceremony and with important invited poets such as Pia Tafdrup, Knut Odegard, Milan Richter, Jana Stroblová, Bernard O´Donoghue, Justin Quinn, also Kavárna Retezova, Zafer Senocak and Teresa Brdecková, Katerina Rudcenkova, Bernie Higgins, Anna Tabert. Dr. Zambry, Prime Minister and poet from Perak, Malaysia, host of the 33th WCP, was at the Presidium; he was accompanied by an important delegation and he invited us to a Poetry Festival in his country.

At the opening ceremony, Dr. Yu Hsi, also known as Master Dao Yi, Patron of WAAC/WCP was awarded a gold medal “Prague, City of the Literature 2016" in recognition of his achievements in the fields of promotion of cultural inter-flow between Czech Republic and Taiwan by Mr. Tomas Vrba, President of Forum 2000 and Mr. Jan Wolf, Vice-Mayor of Culture of Prague. An agreement of cultural co-operation Between Taiwan’ s Crane Summit 21st Century International Forum and Czech Republic’ s Forum 2000, Kafka Center, and Czech PEN Center was signed by Dr. Yu Hsi, Dr. Tomas Vrba, Dr. Marketa Malisova and Dr. Jiri Dedecek.

This time the poetry readings even they were planned separately by language, finally we became all together which was very stimulating by hearing different accents with such great feelings. These were held at the Municipal Library with a wonderful monument made with books.

The anthology was published by Czech Center of the International PEN Club and it´s a great work of Dr. Dedecek, with all the attendant poets poems and the Preface by Dr. Maurus Young, President of the World Academy of Arts and Culture/World Congress of Poets (UNESCO).

The Poetry Contest was very tight as we had very good poetic quality, the winners are in Spanish: Blanca Salcedo 1st place, from Argentina; Mara Yudith Abdala 2nd place from México and Teresa Palazzo Conti, 3rd place from Argentina. In English we had a tie in the 2nd and 3rd place:  Ghozali, Mohamed, 1st place from Malaysia; Rachelli Abraham Eithan and Antonia Soulez in 2nd place, from Israel and France respectibily; Urjin Khurelbaatar from Mongolia and Mesut Senol from Turkey in 3rd. place.

In Chinese: Yang Beicheng, 1st place; Wang Guilin, 2nd place and Zhao Jianhua 3rd place, all of them from China.
Official languages of the congress were English and Chinese, Czech and Spanish.

We enjoyed a wonderful view of beautiful Prague from the boat trip on Vltava River with a delicious dinner and unforgettable songs. As well as the emotional Prague Philarmonia Concert with the exceptional music of Dvorak, Smetana, Suk, Martinu. Thank you again Dr. Jiri Dedecek for those great moments.

WAAC/WCP also granted the H. Litt. Doctorates  awards to: Jana Stroblova, Geza Szocs, Josef Hruby, Karla Erbova, Vaclav Danek, Anuo Abu,  Teresa Palazzo Conti and Elias Galati.

We want to thanks all the working team who organized this congress: Ivan Klíma - Deputy Chairman, Magdalena Šebestová - Executive Director, Dana Mojžíšová - Congress Finances, Tereza Brdečková - VIP Program Coordinator, Kateřina Bajo - On behalf of the Municipal Library of Prague, and of course to the Cultural Minister and the 36th WCP President, Dr. Jiri Dedecek.

Finally, the 37th WCP venue for next year was announced by its President Dr. Mend Ooyo, Mongolia is waiting for us! It will be held from the 16th to the 21st of August 2017 in Ulaanbaatar, the first part, and a second part at the great Gobi desert. You will have all the information on the proper time so you can make your own plans.
We will be in touch.