Surrey Muse is an inclusive space initiated by writers, performers and artists who want to excel in our art, who strive to create supportive platforms for ourselves and our peers, and who wish to bring together through art and literature Surrey’s diverse communities.
The group meets on the fourth Friday of each month except December. Each gathering features an author, a poet and a performer/artist at varying levels of artistic development, followed by an Open Mic session.
The language of presentations is English but writers/performers are welcome to read/present in other languages of their expression.
If you are a writer, poet, artist, visual artist, musician or practice any other art form, we will be happy to have you. Please contact Surrey muse at firstname.lastname@example.org, use the Recommendations form below or better still, drop by at one of our gatherings.
Recommend an author, poet or a performer to be featured at surrey Muse:
Surrey Muse is an unfunded program.
Surrey Muse projects
Surrey Muse Writers (SMW) is a once-a-month free drop-in critique group for writers that will begin to take place from Autumn 2017. A 3-month bi-monthly trial run has established need.
Surrey Muse Writers
The first reading series of Surrey Muse At large (SMAL), Word Arts LIVE!, took place from February to June 2017 with Virginia Gillespie at Alexandra Neighborhood House in South Surrey.
Surrey Muse At Large
Surrey Muse Volunteers
Sonja Grgar, Media Rep/Treasurer
Sana Janjua, President
Helga Parekh, Facilitator, Surrey Muse Writers
Fauzia Rafique, Coordinator/Webmaster
Mariam Zohra, Art Director
Manolis Aligizakis (since 2015)
Joanne Arnott (since 2011)
Valerie B-Taylor (2011-2014)
SheLa Nefertiti Morrison (since 2015)
Randeep Purewall (since 2014)
Sana Janjua and Fauzia Rafique with Randeep Purewall, Mariam Zohra, and Valerie B-Taylor (Advisor 2011-2014).
Surrey Muse gatherings take place
on the unceded territories of the
Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.
Surrey Muse continues with the support of
the City Centre library and all its employees,
the work of our volunteers,
and, the light of our participants.
We are deeply saddened by the passing away
of Valerie B-Taylor, in October 2014. A writer,
performer, editor and community organizer, she was also
a Founding Supporter of Surrey Muse, and served
as its first Literary Advisor, and the very first Host.
October 24 Gathering