November 25 Gathering of Surrey Muse

55th Gathering

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Author Farah Tejani
Poet Betsy Warland
5th Anniversary Extended Open Mic
Sonja Grgar, Sana Janjua, Parabjot Kaur, Manolis
Magnus, Malik Muhammad, LP Wallinger, Lozan Yamolky

Open Mic Opener Nayden Pollasari
BookSigning Author Fauzia Rafique
Host Mariam Zohra D.

Dr. Ambedkar Room 418 – City Centre branch
Surrey Public Library
Phone: (604) 598-7420
(Surrey Central skytrain)

Book Table
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Free event
Donations welcome

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Surrey Muse At Large (SMAL) with VG PlayRoom at Camp Alexandra – Feb to June 2017

Surrey Muse At Large is commencing it’s first session in January, with regular programming from February to June 2017, in partnership with Virginia Gillespie’s VG Playroom at Alexandra Neighbourhood House.

Surrey Muse At Large is an attempt to take a shorter form of Surrey Muse programming out of libraries and into communities that may not be able to otherwise access it. The concept is two-fold: to provide an interdisciplinary art and literature presentation stage with a discussion component to the local community of writers, readers and performers; and, to provide it long enough so that the possibility of emerging localized presentation groups becomes stronger. As well, the concept benefits presenting poets, authors, artists and performers by opening new audiences and communities to their work.

SMAL at Camp Alexandra will be of two hour duration, with shorter presentation and discussion time slots but ample Open Mic. We’ll be engaged at the location from November, and before beginning regular SMAL programming in February, we’ll launch a couple of poetry books by local authors in January, introduce SMAL, and get input from the participants. At the end of the June gathering, the local group may decide to continue in their favored ways.

We are privileged to be working with Virginia Gillespie, who, among other things, is passionate about combining word, sound and image- she had been working on different projects to bring various forms and expressions together, and having SMAL at Camp A is a step in her continuing journey. Through VG PlayRoom, Virginia offers a larger vision in community building and organizing, of which, this year, SMAL is a part. Surrey Muse has supported VG PlayRoom to apply for a cultural grant from City of Surrey to help engage Surrey’s diverse arts communities. As well, we share Virginia’s desire to re-vitalize the Camp A community by generating regular art and literary activities at that historic location.

SMAL is one of the two projects that Surrey Muse had initiated in 2016 to celebrate our Fifth Anniversary this month. The other project was the July-October trial run of Surrey Muse Writers to determine if there was need for a drop-in critique group for writers in Surrey. Surrey Muse Writers will continue once-a-month on regular basis from Spring 2017.

For more information and feedback
VG PlayRoom : vgplayroom@gmail.com
Surrey Muse : surrey.muse@gmail.com

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Fauzia Rafique
Coordinator, Surrey Muse

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Arushi Raina – Surrey Muse

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Arushi is an emerging writer who has just published her debut title ‘When morning comes’. She likes ‘intricate plots, flawed characters, chases, escapes, and sentences that just make you stop and wonder’. Besides writing, Arushi enjoys travelling, arguments, and long car rides. She grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, and has lived in Egypt, Nigeria, India, the US, UK, and most recently, Canada. As a day job, Arushi works as a consultant in Vancouver.

Contact Arushi
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At the October 28 gathering of Surrey Muse, Arushi will present her new book and will be available to sign copies. More information about the event is here:
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Celeste Snowber – Surrey Muse

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Celeste Snowber is a dancer, writer, poet and educator. She is the author of Embodied Prayer and co-author of Landscapes in Aesthetic Education. Her most recent collection of poetry is Wild Tourist and her book, Embodied Inquiry: Writing, Living and Being through the Body will be released in the fall of 2016. Celeste has pioneered embodied ways of inquiry and ways of writing from the body within arts-based research and curriculum theory. She is the recipient of the 2016 Ted T. Aoki Award for Distinguished Service in Canadian Curriculum Studies, and the Artist in Residence at the UBC Botanical Garden where she is creating presentations of dance and poetry in each season. She has performed a full-length show featuring dance, humour and voice titled ‘Women giving birth to a red pepper’.

Celeste is the mother of three amazing adult sons, and she lives with her husband outside Vancouver working as an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University outside Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

Visit Celeste’s website
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View her blog
www.bodypsalms.com

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October 28 Gathering of Surrey Muse

54th Gathering

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October 28
Author Lydia Kwa
Poet Kyle McKillop
Performer Celeste Snowber
Open Mic Opener Janene White
BookSigning Author Arushi Raina
Host Sonja Grgar

Dr. Ambedkar Room 418 – City Centre branch
Surrey Public Library
Phone: (604) 598-7420
(Surrey Central skytrain)

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Lozan Yamolky – Surrey Muse

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Lozan Yamolky is an Iraqi Canadian poet of Kurdish origin who is launching her fist book titled ‘I’m No hero’ this October. She began to write poetry in her teens but kept it a secret till 2013 when she found a writer’s group in Maple Ridge near where she lived, the Holy Wow Poets of Canada. Lozan began to attend regular group meetings, reciting and writing new poems, and soon she had her manuscript ready. Lozan lives in Vancouver and works as a freelance interpreter and translator for both Kurdish and Arabic languages. She also worked as an interpreter with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Canadian Embassy, and the Australian Embassy in Turkey.

Lozan was born in Baghdad as the fifth of eleven children, eight girls and three boys. She left her homeland in 1994 and moved to Ankara Turkey as an asylum seeker before migrating with her family to Vancouver in 1995.

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lausanneyamolky@gmail.com
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At the September 23 gathering of Surrey Muse, Lozan will be our BookSigning Author, and she’ll present from her new book ‘I’m No Hero’. More information about the event is here:
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