Ghia Aweida is a Lebanese born Canadian poet whose work has been published in chapbooks and anthologies. Her latest chapbook is titled Poetry of Hope, and her full length poetry book My Spiritual Journey was released in 2014.
Ghia has published poetry online at Intrepid Pens and Farouz.com, and has been featured in Megaphone, and most recently, in This is Just to Say Letters. She is a member of the Thursday’s Collective, and has published her work in the Stanza Project, and in Voice to Voice, where she has an art song converted to music.
She has participated on the panel in the Vancouver 125 Poetry Conference; took part in the Heart of the City Festival, Grit Lit Live, and Our Voices. Ghia is a founding member of Intrepid Pens, a reading-writing group that began at the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre (DEWC) and operated out of W2 Media Cafe in Vancouver, then moved, and later closed down due to space loss.
Ghia was born in Beirut with Palestinian, Syrian, and Lebanese descent. She attended elementary school in Lebanon, spent a school term in Greece (1976) and returned to Beirut for two more years, then relocated with her family to Cyprus in 1978 where she completed high school. In July 1986, she immigrated to Canada with her family, settling in Vancouver where she now lives.
At the july-22-gathering-of-surrey-muse, Ghia will present her poems to begin the Open Mic session.