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.

Contact Lozan
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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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Steve Thompson (Magnus) – Surrey Muse

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Steve Thompson is a songwriter, music publisher and an arts activist who founded the Magnus Project in Vancouver fifteen years back to connect musicians and songwriters to their art and their rights. This allowed him to work with producers, songwriters, bands, record labels and other music publishers at the local and national level. This interaction resulted in a diverse catalog of over two thousand songs of independent composers and authors; and, Steve is a contributing writer of about a hundred songs in it. He is a board member of the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN).

Steve grew up ‘around the dance-hall scene in the late 60s. He began writing his own songs from the age of 12. By the time he was in high-school he became a DJ, gaining experience as a tech leading him to record his compositions as well as those of his peers‘. This led him to the idea of the Magnus Project.

As a composer and as a music publisher, Steve has been spreading awareness about music rights. His participation in boards and associations has provided him with a sense of meaningful contribution to the community of artists in Canada.

Contact Steve
vancouverrecords@gmail.com

At the September 23 gathering of Surrey Muse, Steve will introduce the Magnus Project, and he will present a selection of his music and songs. More information about the event is here:
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Edward Blodgett – Surrey Muse

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E.D. Blodgett is a poet, literary critic, translator and an educator. He has published 26 books of poetry, of which two received the Governor General’s Award. His most recent book, Horizons, will be launched later this month. His publications include The Love Songs of the Carmina Burana [Latin] with Roy Arthur Swanson (Garland Publishing, 1987), The Romance of Flamenca [Old Provençal] (Garland Publishing, 1995), Five-Part Invention: A History of Literary History in Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2003) and Les Enfants des Jésuites ou le sacrifice des vierges (Les Presses de l’Université Laval, 2013). Edward is a past poet laureate of Edmonton (2007-09), and a former Writer-in-Residence at Grant MacEwan University (2004).

Edward, FRCS, is also a Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta where he taught about 40 years, and held the Louis Desrochers Chair in Études canadiennes, Campus Saint-Jean (2008-10).

More about E.D. Blodgett
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Contact Edward
eblodget@ualberta.ca

At the September 23 gathering of Surrey Muse, Edward will present a selection of his poems. More information about the event is here:
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Trudy M. Davies – Surrey Muse

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Trudy Davies is an author, illustrator and poet with background in health and education. She has published a children’s story book, two chapbooks of learning with children, and a collection of poetry. Her first book Butterfly Dreams: Milo’s Adventure was based on much loved bedtime stories she told her own children, this one about a magical butterfly that would take them on wonderful adventures. Her two chapbooks FUN WITH WORDS: There’s a Reason for the Rhyme 1 and 2 were published by request of children, teachers and parents. Wings for the Spirit: A journey to hope and love in all seasons is a collection of about 100 of Trudy’s poems combined with her husband Jim Davies’s photography and some of her own artwork. Her poems have been published in magazines, newspapers, anthologies, newsletters, given as gifts, used for cards, and made into songs.

For Trudy, creative writing, painting and music are enjoyable and also therapeutic. Her career as an occupational therapist spanned almost 30 years, providing rich experiences with people of all ages. Much of the time she worked with children and their families in hospitals, schools and their homes. Butterfly Dreams: Milo’s Adventure was written and illustrated with the intention of giving families a cuddle-up time with their kids.

Visit Trudy’s web page
trudymdavies.wordpress.com
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trudymdavies@gmail.com

At the September 23 gathering of Surrey Muse, Trudy will present a selection of her stories including Butterfly Dreams: Milo’s Adventure. More information about the event is here:
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September 23 Gathering of Surrey Muse

53rd Gathering

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September 23
Author Trudy M. Davies
Poet Edward Blodgett
Performer Magnus
Open Mic Opener Idrian Burgos
BookSigning Author Lozan Yamolky
Host Fauzia Rafique

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

Book Table
Refreshments
Free event
Donations welcome

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Young Scholar – Surrey Muse

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Young Scholar is a RAP (Rhythm And Poetry) lyricist and a music producer whose debut album, ‘The Awakening’ encapsulates his two-pronged mandate that he calls his ‘mission’: ‘to get my audience to critically analyze different issues in society (hatred/jealousy, immigration/refugee crisis, credential racism, violence against women) through my lyrics, and to promote RAP in its most sophisticated and beautiful form because RAP must have meaning to connect to a large audience.’ The album will be available soon.

Young Scholar started rapping in 2013 when he was 20, to help his peers remember organic chemistry reactions, but soon he was using a set of very different themes. He continued to RAP because it allowed him ‘to easily express myself via poetry’.

Tupac Shakur is one of his favorite musicians in addition to Fort Minor’s Mike Shinoda.

Visit Young Scholar’s website
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At the August 26 gathering of Surrey Muse, Young Scholar will present a selection of songs from his debut album. More information about the event is here:
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