Jovian Radheshwar – Surrey Muse


Jovian Radheshwar is a rapper, poet and an educator now based in Vancouver. Having grown up in New York listening to rap during an increasingly racialized America in the mid-1990s, Jovian began to practice rap as a medium for his artistic expression. In 2012, he collaborated as MC Bitter Buffalo with Bobby Musgrave (Pensive Blue Polar Bear) and Ed Keenan (DJ California Condor) in exploring the endangered nature of existence in a technologized modern world for the album ‘No Hooks’, and since then they have performed in Canada and the USA as the Endangered Species. Jovian’s poetry explores history, difference, drugs, science, knowledge, and the globalization of race. His music inspirations include Outkast, Nas and Pink Floyd where Hunter S. Thompson, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Frantz Fanon are among his literary influences. Jovian was born in Bombay and raised in New York, later he taught Black Studies, Global Studies, and Political Science in California for over ten years. Jovian lives in Burnaby and works as a professor of Political Science at Douglas College in New Westminster.

Visit Jovian’s SoundCloud profile
soundcloud.com/endangeredspecies
Contact Jovian
jovian.radheshwar@protonmail.com

At the May 24 gathering of Surrey Muse, Jovian will be the Featured Performer. More information about the event is here:
may-24-2019-gathering

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Rahat Kurd – Surrey Muse

Rahat Kurd is a writer, poet, editor, and a librettist based in Vancouver. The first collection of her poems titled COSMOPHILIA was published by Talonbooks in 2015, and her poem ‘Alkohol’ was a finalist for the 2019 Malahat Review Long Poem Prize. Rahat’s first libretto, commissioned by composer Brian Current for his oratorio ‘The River of Light’ was performed earlier this month at the Vancouver Opera Festival. Her essays and reviews have appeared in the Literary Review of Canada, Rungh, The Walrus, and Maisonneuve magazines. She is the guest editor of the forthcoming 2019 Summer Supplement issue of The Puritan online literary magazine themed around ‘What does it mean to be a Muslim writer?’ Over the next year she hopes to complete a critical memoir about the transformation of Muslim identity, once a matter of private conscience, into a public spectacle.

More about Rahat
talonbooks.com/authors/rahat-kurd
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@RahatKurd
Contact Rahat
kurdrahat@gmail.com

At the May 24 gathering of Surrey Muse, Rahat will be our Featured Author. More information about the event is here:
may-24-2019-gathering

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May 24-2019 Gathering of Surrey Muse

82nd Gathering


May 24, 2019
Author Rahat Kurd
Poet Kevin Spenst
Performer Jovian radheshwar
Open Mic Opener Idrian Burgos
Featured Art by Kanwal Dhaliwal
Host Mariam Zohra

5:30 – 8:30 PM
Room 405 – City Centre branch
Surrey Public Library
Phone: (604) 598-7420
(Surrey Central skytrain)

Open Mic
Book Table
Refreshments

Free event
Donations welcome

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John Michael Koffi – Surrey Muse


John Michael Koffi is an author, a poet and a singer/songwriter from the Democratic Republic of Congo now studying, working and living in Vancouver. Last April, John published ‘Refuge-e: The Journey Much Desired‘ (Tellwell Talent 2018), a book of non-fiction and his debut title that crystallizes his experiences and understandings gained as a refugee in parts of Africa, Europe and America. He is an undergraduate student at the University of British Columbia (UBC) where he has worked as a co-representative of African Studies Minor Program for the UBC Africa Awareness Initiative, an organization he is the current president of. John volunteers as a Wellness Peer, and he serves as a member of the advisory board for Vancouver Foundation’s LEVEL Youth Granting. He has participated in numerous readings, speaking engagements and musical and poetry performances in BC. At this time, John is working on a poetry book and a music album.

Visit John’s website
jmkoffi.com
Contact John
jmichaelkoffi@gmail.com

At the April 26 gathering of Surrey Muse, John will be our Featured Author. More information about the event is here: april-26-gathering

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April 26-2019 Gathering of Surrey Muse

81st Gathering


April 26, 2019
Author John Michael Koffi
Poet Raoul Fernandes
Performer Mariam Zohra
Open Mic Opener Ghia Aweida
Featured Art by David Hale
Host Sana Janjua

5:30 – 8:30 PM
Room 405 – City Centre branch
Surrey Public Library
Phone: (604) 598-7420
(Surrey Central skytrain)

Open Mic
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Roger Berkowitz – Surrey Muse

Roger Berkowitz is an experimental musician from New Jersey who founded Unearth Noise, a project that aims to create an alternate universe in sound – an audible representation of a reality beyond the everyday veil. Roger seeks to remove himself from the compositional process, or rather to collaborate with the forces that make themselves present during a recording session, as if it was a ritual or seance. Roger sees his task in bringing these forces into focus, and presenting them, respectfully, in a musical form. The resulting ‘compositions’ may at times be non-linear, atonal, and/or arhythmic. Remnants of his own aesthetic drawn primarily from early experimental music, ritual and world music, and more familiar musics that inspired him in his youth may also be present. ‘Ultimately,’ he says, ‘my hope is that the music I produce in collaboration with these otherworldly forces resonates within the soul / consciousness of the listener, revealing something infinite and intangible, beyond the confines of time and space.’

Visit Roger’s Soundcloud profile
soundcloud.com/unearth-noise
Listen to his recent LP
lullabiesforinsomniacslabel.bandcamp.com
Contact Roger
unearthnoise1@gmail.com

At the March 22 gathering of Surrey Muse, Roger will be our Featured Performer via Skype from New Jersey. More information about the event is here: march-22-2019-gathering

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Cathleen With – Surrey Muse

Cathleen With is an author and educator who has published two books of fiction. Her novel, ‘Having Faith in the Polar Girls’ Prison‘, was a BC Book Prize winner, and her short story collection ‘Skids‘ was a Relit finalist that is now optioned for film. She was proud to be a part of the short-listed City of Vancouver book ‘V6A: Writings from the Downtown Eastside‘. Cathleen started writing stories in her journal when she was six, and she published her first story in a Surrey newspaper when she was in grade three. The story was about her baby sister and how much she loved chasing her around the apartment and hearing her giggle. Cathleen is now working on a book about a woman with CP, as narrated by her guide dog. She has worked and written in Nepal, India, South Korea, Thailand, Cambodia, and Inuvik, NWT. Cathleen lives in Vancouver where she works as a creative writing instructor at KPU.

Visit Cathleen’s website
cathleenwith.ca
Contact Cathleen
bijou2929@gmail.com

At the March 22 gathering of Surrey Muse, Cathleen will be the Featured Author. More information about the event is here:
march-22-2019-gathering

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Surrey Muse gatherings take place
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