Queer Conversations – Surrey Muse

Queer Conversations is an initiative to create safe spaces for members of the LGBTQ+ communities world-wide to discuss various issues pertaining to life, and to share how situations and experiences may be different, and similar. At this time, this series is presented as part of Surrey Muse virtual gatherings but there is a strong possibility for it to come on its own as a vlog/blog and/or a virtual/IRL event. This first instalment is a 20-minute video titled ‘Queer Conversations (1) – Pakistan’ that was recorded in 2019 in Lahore by the Queer Feminist Documentary Collective, an online group created ‘to document queer participation in the Aurat (woman) March and look at young old queer mentorship’ and ‘how young queer folks are experiencing being queer and how they are relating to older queers.’ The discussion was organized and led by Sarah Suhail, a queer feminist and one of Pakistan’s Women Heroes for being a courageous activist to have nurtured her communities over years. Thank you, Sarah.

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At the July 23, 2021 gathering of Surrey Muse, Sarah Suhail will appear in Queer Conversations. More about the event is here: friday-july-23

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Carla Stein – Surrey Muse

Carla Stein is a poet and painter who has released two poetry chapbooks titled ‘Sideways Glances of an Everyday Sailor’ and ‘Shrieking from the Shore’. She is the current artistic director of Wordstorm Society of the Arts, and a co-founder of 15 Minutes of Infamy, a wordcraft performance venue based in Nanaimo, Canada. Her images and poetry have been published in anthologies and literary magazines including ‘Sustenance’, ‘Lemonspouting’, ‘Pocket Lint’, ‘Stonecoast Review’, ‘Please Hear What I’m Not Saying’, ‘Sad Girl Review’, ‘Ascent Aspirations’, ‘Friday’s Poems’, ‘Island Arts Magazine’, ‘Polar Starlight’, ‘An Anthology of Nanaimo Poetry’ and others.

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At the July 23, 2021 gathering of Surrey Muse, Carla Stein will begin the Open Mic session. More about the event is here: friday-july-23

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Chad Norman – Surrey Muse

Chad Norman is a poet whose poems have appeared for nearly 40 years in literary publications across Canada and in a number of other countries around the world. His most recent books are ‘Simona: A Celebration Of The S.P.C.A.’ (Cyberwit Net Press, India 2021), and ‘Squall: Poems In The Voice of Mary Shelley’ (Guernica Editions, Toronto 2020). His poetry has been translated into Albanian, Spanish, Polish, Chinese, Turkish, and Italian. Chad hosts and organizes RiverWords: Poetry & Music Festival each year in Truro, Nova Scotia. Following a tour of Nordic countries in 2016, he began to write a travelogue titled ‘Counting Coins In Denmark And Sweden’. Chad is a member of The League Of Canadian Poets.

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At the July 23, 2021 gathering of Surrey Muse, Chad Norman will be the Featured Poet. More about the event is here: friday-july-23

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Cristy Watson – Surrey Muse

Cristy Watson is a poet, and an award-winning author of eight novels for middle grade and young adult readers. Her titles include ‘On Cue’ (2016), ‘Benched’ (2011), and ‘Living Rough’ (2011). As a poet, she received an editor’s choice award in CV2’s 2-Day Poem contest in 2013. Cristy also participates in the Poetry Marathon in June, preferring the half-marathon where she writes twelve poems to twelve prompts in twelve hours. She volunteers at the Surrey International Writer’s Conference. At this time, Cristy is the Committee Chair for Wise Words and she is looking forward to engaging senior writers in a meaningful dialogue through this new project by the Federation of BC Writers (FBCW).

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The 16th Virtual Gathering of Surrey Muse – Friday July 23 / 2021

106th Gathering

7-23-2021 (1)

Featured Artists
Author Cristy Watson
Poet Chad Norman
Filmmaker Ammar Aziz
Open Mic Opener Carla Stein
Featured Art by Adrian Arleo
Host Jovian Radheshwar

LIVE Watch Party
Friday, July 23, 2021
5:30 -7:00 PM (PT)
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Send 3-5 minute video/audio recordings via email by July 15th

Free event
Donations welcome

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