New Book
First-ever booklet of Canadian Romani Poems

Kanadake-Romane Mirikle

The Roma Community & Advocacy Centre of  Toronto, Canada, has produced the first-ever booklet of Canadian Romani Poems entitled Kanadake-Romane Mirikle  (Canadian Romani Pearls). This 71 page booklet contains poems by Canadian-born Roma, Roma immigrants and Roma refugees. The poets are Hedina Sijercic, Mario Iñes-Torres, Julia Lovell, Ronald Lee, Nina Bottaccini, Amdi Asanoski, Aranka Mihalovits and Ron Bankley.
As well as the poems, in English or in Romani or Spanish with English translations, the booklet gives an historical overview of Romani poetry/ballads in Canada, an article on Kali Sara or Saint Sara whose representation appears on the front cover, and the Romani Anthem, Opre Roma, in English and Romani, with the music as well as a description of how the anthem came to be written and an account of the formation of the Romani Union on April 8, 1971 where the anthem, the Romani flag and the resolution to approach the United Nations for NGO Status were officially adopted. It also contains an index and a glossary of Romani words.

The booklet was prepared for  Roma Night, a Canadian Roma poetry reading and music jam at the Plaza Flamingo on April 8, 1999, to commemorate International Romani Day. This was a great success and the first time in Toronto that a Romani event was organized by Roma for Roma and the general public. Proceeds from the sale of the poetry booklet will go towards supporting the work of the Roma Community & Advocacy Centre which is a non-profit organization.

To order your copy of the poetry booklet which will become a collector’s item please send cheques as follows which includes postage and packaging.

Within Canada $12 Canadian funds
Within the US $12 US funds

Overseas $14 US funds

Roma Community & Advocacy Centre

122 St. Patrick Street

Suite F-24 Box 114

Toronto Ontario

Canada M5T 2X8

Inquiries can be directed to Ronald Lee at

Roma Canadian Website is :