J.G. Chayko – Surrey Muse

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J.G. Chayko is a Vancouver based poet, writer, actress and international arthritis advocate who is working on her first novel. A graduate of the Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University, she has published personal essays, short stories and poems in various anthologies, and in print and online publications. View some of her work in Emerge 19, Canadian Stories, Boston Literary Magazine, ¡Hastings! Literary Journal, and upcoming in Event Magazine. J.G. also publishes two blogs, The Old Lady In My Bones, on living with arthritis, and Corkboards and Coffeehouses, on writing.

More about J.G.
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At the January 28, 2022 gathering of Surrey Muse, J.G. will begin the Open Mic session. More about the event is here: friday-jan-28

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Elee Kraljii Gardiner – Surrey Muse

Elee Kraljii Gardiner is an author, poet and mentor. In 2019, while an MFA student at the Institute of American Indian Arts, she published Against Death: 35 Essays on Living (Anvil Press), that was a finalist for the Montaigne Medal and Hoffer Grand Prize in the US. Her first book of poems, serpentine loop (Anvil Press, 2016), considers gender and physicality through the idea of ice, and it was nominated for the 2017 Raymond Souster Award. Her second book, the long poem memoir Trauma Head (Anvil Press, 2018), won the Cogswell Award for Literary Excellence, and it was shortlisted for the Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry and nominated for the Souster Award. A chapbook of the same name (Trauma Head, Otter Press) that she hand-bound as a medical file was a finalist for the 2018 bpNichol Chapbook Award. Elee is the founder of Thursdays Writing Collective, a beloved non-profit organization based at Carnegie Community Centre, and through its ten years of activity she edited and published nine of its anthologies. In 2012 she coedited with John Asfour an anthology that centres the voices of residents of the neighbourhood, V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (Arsenal Pulp Press), that was shortlisted for the 2012 City of Vancouver Book Award. Elee is a frequent collaborator with writers, choreographers, visual artists, and musicians and has recently published visual poems in the UK’s Streetcake Magazine. She interviews authors for the Decoction series at CAROUSEL magazine and has poetry forthcoming in Poetry North West. Originally from Boston, Elee lives on the traditional and unceded territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam Peoples, where she works at Vancouver Manuscript Intensive.

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At the January 28, 2022 gathering of Surrey Muse, Elee will be the Featured Poet. More about the event is here: friday-jan-28

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The 21st Virtual Gathering of Surrey Muse – Friday January 28 / 2022

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Featured Artists
Author Hannah Macready
Poet Elee Kraljii Gardiner
Performer RC Weslowski
Open Mic Opener J.G.Chayko
Featured Art by L.Roche
Host Jovian Radheshwar

LIVE Watch Party
Friday, January 28, 2022
5:30 -7:00 PM (PT)
Join us at:
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Open Mic submissions
Send 3-5 minute video/audio recordings via email by Jan 15th
Submission guidelines

Free event
Closed Captioned (cc)
Donations welcome

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Surrey Muse Program – January-June 2022

annunciation1992-adrian-arleo‘Annunciation, 1992’ by Adrian Arleo. Featured Art: Sept. 24, 2021  

Session 21
January-June 2022

January 28
Author Hannah Macready
Poet Elee Kraljii Gardiner
Performer RC Weslowski
Open Mic Opener J.G.Chayko
Host Jovian Radheshwar

February 25
Author Tamara Jong
Poet Steffi Tad-y
Filmmaker Barnali Ray Shukla
Open Mic Opener Jessica Lee McMillan
Host Mariam Zohra D.

March 25
Author Don McLellan
Poet Lillian Allen
Musician Tawahum Bige
Open Mic Opener Sana Janjua
Host Jovian Radheshwar

April 22
Author Rachel Thompson
Poet Kyle McKillop
Dancer Celeste Snowber
Open Mic Opener Jovian Radheshwar
Host Mariam Zohra D.

May 27
Author Jónína Kirton
Poet Renee Sarojini Saklikar
Musician Bobby Musgrave
Open Mic Opener Mariam Zohra D.
Host Jovian Radheshwar

June 24
Author Boshra Rasti
Poet Karl Knights
Artist Bibi Hajra
Open Mic Opener Dhanmatie Singh
Host Mariam Zohra D.

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Surrey Muse program is put together twice a year, in Nov/Dec for January-June session, and in May/June for July-November session. Dates are chosen by the participants through an invitation. Participants are invited from a recommendations list that stays open throughout the year. To recommend authors, poets and artist/performers to be featured at Surrey Muse, please use the online recommendations form.

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Surrey Muse Art and Literature Awards

Press Release, November 16, 2021

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To celebrate our 10th Anniversary this month, Surrey Muse Arts Society (SMAS) is introducing five art and literature awards in the areas of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, music, and visual arts. Beginning November 2022, these country-wide annual Awards will be open to Canadian citizens, landed immigrants, permanent residents, refugees, and international students. Submissions will begin in June 2022 with a $10 Anniversary-Special entry fee. Prize Money will be $1,000 each. Winners will be selected by independent judges. Submission Guidelines and other details will be made available in the Spring of 2022.

The awards are as follows:
Vera Manuel Award for Poetry
Joy Kogawa Award for Fiction
Susan Crean Award for Nonfiction
Faith Nolan Award for Music
Norval Morrisseau Award for Visual Arts

In naming these awards, we pay tribute to Vera Manuel, Joy Kogawa, Susan Crean, Faith Nolan and Norval Morrisseau for their talents, skills, understandings, and struggles. Each one, through their art, has pointed to historic injustices and inequalities in our society, and in that, they are miracle makers creating art, at once, of resistance and healing. As well, for us, naming Surrey Muse Awards in honour of such unique artists brings forth the diversity and scope of Canadian art and literature- giving us a wonderful opportunity to fulfill our mandate of nurturing art and literature by encouraging an inclusive, fair, and equal cultural environment.

Vera Manuel

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Vera Manuel (1948 – 2010), Butterfly Woman (Kulilu Paⱡki), a poet, playwright, and drama therapist in British Columbia, worked through the inter-generational trauma of Residential Schools and its impact on individuals and communities using her poetry, drama, stage craft, spoken word, and storytelling. ‘For years’, Vera said, ‘I used my poetry as a tool to help people to heal and never thought to publish it or to use it for any other purpose.’ Her play ‘The Strength of Indian Women’ was published in ‘Two Plays about Indian Residential Schools’ (1998/2018). Her writings were anthologized and published in magazines, however, most of her work was published posthumously in ‘Honouring the Strength of Indian Women: Plays, Stories, Poetry – Vera Manuel’ (University of Manitoba Press, 2019). We dedicate the Poetry Award to Vera Manuel to express our gratitude for her undying, healing, and passionate poetic voice.
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Joy Kogawa

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Joy Kogawa is a novelist, YA writer and poet born in 1935 to Japanese Canadian parents in Vancouver. During WWII, in 1942, young Joy and her family were evicted from their home and forced to move to an internment camp, an aggression suffered at the time by some 22,000 Japanese Canadians. Years later, Joy challenged this historic injustice in a profound and masterful exposition: her 1981 novel, Obasan. Her art compelled a public recognition of this issue highlighting the power of written word. Later, her ancestral home was developed as a writers residence titled the Historic Joy Kogawa House. Joy was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1986, a Member of the Order of British Columbia in 2006, and in 2010, she received the Order of the Rising Sun from Japan. We dedicate the Fiction Award to Joy Kogawa to express our awe for her disarmingly simple yet utterly profound art of storytelling.
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Susan Crean

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Susan Crean is a cultural critic, author, and activist working in British Columbia and Ontario for over 30 years. A pioneer of creative non-fiction in Canada, Susan’s expertise in Canadian history, art, and culture is evident in her essays, biographies, and memoir. She is the author of seven books, the first, Who’s Afraid of Canadian Culture, appeared in 1976 while her next major work, The Laughing One – A Journey to Emily Carr, was nominated for a Governor General’s award and won a BC Book Prize in 2001. Susan published her memoir, Finding Mr. Wong, in 2018, a work that recreates the life of her family’s cook, Wong Dong Wong. It reached the top 10 list of Best Canadian History books by Canada`s History magazine. We dedicate the Nonfiction Award to Susan Crean for her artistic expression that gives a warm and passionate voice to her factual narrative.
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Faith Nolan

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Faith Nolan is a singer/songwriter, filmmaker and an arts activist of Black Mi’kmaq Irish heritage who was born in Africville, Nova Scotia, settling in Toronto, Ontario. A self-taught musician, she has recorded 16 CDs exploring themes of human rights and social change. Her music has been described as a mix of blues, folk and jazz, with a taste of funk and reggae. To Faith, her music is her political work, and her politics is firmly rooted in her perspectives as a coal miner’s daughter, working-class, mixed-race Queer. Faith has founded various choirs, music groups and organizations in Ontario including CUPE Freedom Singers, Voices of Freedom Vanier Women Prisoner Singers, and, the Singing Elementary Teachers of Toronto to create music for children from various cultures. We dedicate the Music Award to Faith Nolan for her compelling musicality that holds the rhythms and lyrics of her revolutionary songs.
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Norval Morrisseau

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Norval Morrisseau (1932 – 2007), Copper Thunderbird, who founded the Woodland School of Art, is also called the grandfather of contemporary Indigenous art in Canada. In the 1960s, Morrisseau shattered societal, sexual, and commonly held stereotypes and prejudices, and in the face of intense discrimination, he created a style that was all his own, an artistic vocabulary that inspired a new art movement. A prominent member of the Indian Group of Seven, in 1978, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts where he was given a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. He is the only Indigenous artist to have had a solo exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada. We dedicate the Visual Arts Award to Norval Morrisseau to express our gratitude for the color, the shapes, and the tremendous depth he gave to Canadian visual art.
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Surrey Muse is an interdisciplinary art and literature presentation group that was founded by four artists of Color in Surrey in November 2011. Mandated to inclusivity and equality, it held 3-hour salon-style monthly gatherings featuring authors, poets and artist/performers, with discussions and open mic sessions. In 2016, for its fifth anniversary, two additional programs were introduced: Surrey Muse At Large and Surrey Muse Writers. The group registered itself as Surrey Muse Arts Society (SMAS) in 2019.

‘This is great news. I love that the awards program supports the interdisciplinary spirit and legacy of Surrey Muse. Congratulations on launching these awards.’
Jordan Strom, Curator of Exhibitions & Collections, Surrey Art Gallery

‘Surrey Muse has done an amazing job over the past 10 years. It has built a community where none existed before. Its success is evident both in the fact that it has been taking place month to month for the past 10 years with a positive response from and participation by its community. Its community has continued to grow which only speaks to its importance.’
Randeep, Co-Founder & Secretary/Treasurer, Surrey Muse Arts Society 

‘The estate of Norval Morrisseau wishes to congratulate Surrey Muse Arts Society (SMAS) for presenting the first ever Norval Morrisseau Award for Visual Arts. We look forward to following this program, and we thank the Surrey Muse Awards for their hard work and dedication to young artists.’
Cory Dingle, CEO, The Estate of Norval Morrisseau

View a feature by Tom Zillich at Surrey Now-Leader
Surrey Muse celebrates 10th year with arts awards honouring 5 Canadian ‘miracle makers’

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