Helga Parekh – Surrey Muse

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Helga Parekh is a writer, artist, sculptor, potter, and a performer. She published a self-made chapbook of her poem ‘Learning from the Timeless Beauty Of a Tulip‘ in 2016. She won first prize from the Arts Council of Surrey for Christmas Card Verse competition in 2018. Her poetry has appeared in various publications including Saving Seeds (New West Writers, 2014), and her poems were the finalists in the Burnaby Writers Society annual writing contest in 2012. She has illustrated a children’s book ‘Ramya’s Stars‘ by Mala Ashok. It was published by Pratham Books, a not-for-profit organization in India, in multiple Indian languages to promote reading among children. It is available in Hindi and English at the Surrey Libraries. In 2017, Helga completed the Southbank Writer’s Course at the SFU Surrey. She was a member of New West Writers, a member and sometimes facilitator of Renaissance Book Writers, and she was the Group Facilitator of Surrey Muse Writers. Helga is a supporting member of Surrey Muse since 2012. At this time, she is working on another book of poems that also may contain her illustrative art.

Contact Helga
helgaparekh@yahoo.com

At the March 22 gathering of Surrey Muse, Helga will begin the Open Mic session. More information about the event is here:
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November 22-2013 Gathering of Surrey Muse – 2nd Anniversary Celebration

22nd Gathering

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November 22, 2013
2nd Anniversary Celebration
Extended Open Mic. Session
Open Mic Opener Bonnie Nish
Host Sana Janjua

5:30 – 8:30 PM
Room 418 – City Centre branch
Surrey Public Library
Phone: (604) 598-7420
(Surrey Central skytrain)

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October 25-2013 Gathering of Surrey Muse

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October 25, 2013
Featured Author Lenore Rowntree
Featured Poet Joy Russell
Featured Performer Sonja Grgar
Open Mic Opener Rashmi Abeyeskera
Booksigning Author Bonnie Nish
Host Helga Parekh

6:00 – 8:30 PM
Room 418 – City Centre branch
Surrey Public Library
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Joy Russell – Surrey Muse

Joy Russell

Joy is a poet, playwright and writer.  Born in Belize, raised in Alberta and North Vancouver, Joy also lived in London, England for many years.  Her writing explores the convergence of history, memory, and the present, as well as the tensions between grand and small narratives.  She currently lives in North Vancouver.

Joy’s poems and writings have been published in various journals and anthologies, including The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2008, Canadian Literature, Bluesprint: Black British Columbian Literature and Orature, IC3: The Penguin Book of New Black Writing in Britain, and Beyond the Pale: Dramatic Writing from First Nations Writers and Writers of Colour.  Her writing also appears in The Great Black North: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry, which was launched in Vancouver as part of Black History Month in 2013.  Her first play, Days of Old, is a site-specific PodPlay which focuses on Hogan’s Alley, the location of Vancouver’s first black community, and was part of PodPlays 125 (Neworld Theatre and PTC) for Vancouver’s 125th anniversary celebration.

While in London, Joy played in the Afro-Brazilian band Afro-Bloco, worked in community arts, and as an assistant producer and researcher for television documentaries such as American Master’s Rebel Music: The Bob Marley Story, Pump Up The Volume, a history of house music, and the BAFTA-nominated, The Hip Hop Years.

Joy’s art and writing is inspired by her mother and father who showed her the power of words, the world of color, and the gift of courage and compassion.

Links to Joy’s writings

‘Drown’, Canadian Literature: canlit.ca/poems/21585

‘Survivor’, Canadian Literature: canlit.ca/poems/21586

‘Postscript 02 – Joy Russell on Gaye Chan – Chimaera’: artspeak.ca/exhibitions/text_detail.html?text_id=46

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Lenore Rowntree – Surrey Muse

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Lenore is an award-winning poet. She is also an essayist, dramatist, short-story writer and novelist. Born and raised in Toronto, she now lives in Vancouver.

Lenore’s poems, essays and short stories have been published in several magazines and journals including The New Quarterly, Geist Magazine, Other Voices, and in the anthologies the Best Canadian Poetry (Tightrope Books 2010) and Poet to Poet (Guernica Editions 2012). Her children’s poetry collection, Love Letters, won the Gold Medal from the Moonbeam Childrens’ Book Awards in 2007. Her creative non-fiction essay “Flat Champagne” was nominated for a CBC Literary Award in 2009. Her play, The Woods at Tender Creek, was produced and staged at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre in 2010 as part of the Walking Fish Festival.

Lenore writes on a range of subjects but particularly on mental health. She is the co-editor of and a contributor to Hidden Lives: Coming Out on Mental Illness, a collection of essays on mental illness published in 2012. She touches again on mental health in her debut novel, Cluck, which was a finalist in the Great BC Novel Contest (2013).

Lenore’s major artistic inspiration is her sister Beth who is also a writer.

Website: lenorerowntree.com

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