SheLa Nefertiti Morrison – Surrey Muse

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SheLa Nefertiti Morrison is an award-winning writer and poet with a strong and distinct voice. Her writings have appeared in The Toronto Star, The Georgia Straight and XTRA!. Her pet rat stories are published in the best-selling international book series Smarter Than Jack, and in the Reader’s Digest of New Zealand. She earned her Post-Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing for her memoir/fiction manuscript from Humber School for Writers, and she completed a poetry workshop at Banff School of Fine Arts.

A member of Poetry Wars, a monthly poetry group facilitated by Carol Shillibeer, SheLa has presented her poems in various settings including at Poetic Justice, Surrey Muse and Poetry In the Park. She is an Apprentice member of the Union of B.C. Performers/ACTRA, and a Literary Advisor to Surrey Muse.

SheLa has done volunteer work in women’s minimum and maximum security prisons, and she adopts abused, neglected, disabled pet rats (bubs/ratties).

For more, visit SheLa’s blog
shelanefertitimorrison.wordpress.com
Contact SheLa
nefertitimorrison@gmail.com

At the November 27 gathering of Surrey Muse, SheLa Nefertiti will present a selection of her published and unpublished poems. More about the event is here:
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Kyle McKillop – Surrey Muse

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Kyle McKillop is a poet, teacher, traveler and an arts administrator who teaches high school English in Surrey and in his spare time pursues a master’s degree in UBC’s Optional-Residency Creative Writing program. Kyle’s writings have appeared in a number of publications including CV2 and the PRISM International website, and most recently in the anthology Concussion and Mild TBI: Not Just Another Headline; a poem is forthcoming in English Practice, the magazine for BC’s English teachers. Kyle organized the 2015 Poetry in the Park reading series and has featured and/or hosted at poetry events including Edge of the Page Poetry, LitFest New West, Poetic Justice, Poetry in the Park, Poetry Meets Art, Poetry New Westminster, Semiahmoo Arts, Surrey Muse, and WIN’s Autumn Dance and UNESCO Reading.

Kyle began to write poetry in high school some 20 years back, it was his first choice of expression that ‘grew naturally from a life of reading’. Kyle believes ‘Word forms’ to be his medium, and he says: ‘I basically write and read and garden, but I garden with thoughts of food rather than art.’

After travelling to 27 countries in four continents, Kyle now lives and works in Surrey. He is a Past President of the Royal City Literary Arts Society.

Visit Kyle’s Website
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At the October 28 gathering of Surrey Muse, Kyle will present a selection of his poems. More about the event is here:
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Janet Fretter – Surrey Muse

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Janet Fretter writes short fiction and narrative nonfiction while working to finish her first novel. She is the managing editor of emerge an annual anthology produced by the students of the Writer’s Studio (TWS), and she provides mini-manuscript consults at Vancouver Public Library for TWS.

A graduate of Simon Fraser University’s inaugural Southbank Writers’ Program (2012), Janet continued on as a member of the fiction cohort in TWS 2013, and then as fiction mentor apprentice In 2014.

Janet is a member of Federation of BC Writers, an avid reader of books, and a vibrant contributor to some of Vancouver Lower Mainland’s writing communities where she supports all things ‘literary and local’.

More about Janet Fretter
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Contact Janet
jfretter@shaw.ca

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November 27 Gathering of Surrey Muse

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November 27
Author Janet Fretter
Poet Nefertiti SheLa Morrison
Performer Larry Nicholson
Open Mic Opener Kyle McKillop
Booksigning Author Lucas Crawford
Host David Macilwain

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

Book Table
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Free event
Donations welcome
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Jillian Christmas – Surrey Muse

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Jillian Christmas is a stunning performer who delivers with ease her poetics of depth, awareness and protest. An innovator, a firebrand community developer, and a musician with her own band, she won Grand Poetry-Slam Championship titles at both the Vancouver BedRocc poetry-slam (2011) and the Vancouver Poetry Slam (2012, 2014). She represented Vancouver at the Women of the World Poetry Slam in Minneapolis, Minnesota (2013) and Austin, Tx (2014).

Jillian’s work has been published in a number of collections including Matrix New Queer Writing (issue 98), and The Great Black North (anthology). She has held spots on five Canadian slam teams, and she has competed in nine North American national poetry slams.

From 2011-2014, Jillian served as a member of Spoken Word Canada’s board of directors, with duties regarding the development of national policy to improve political dynamics within the spoken word community, and to increase anti-oppression initiatives. She has facilitated spoken word workshops for youth and adults across the country.

Born and raised in Markham ON, Jillian now lives in Vancouver BC where she works as the Artistic Director of Versəs Festival of Words, and, she is preparing to go back on the road with her band Late Night Ruckus.

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At the October 23 gathering of Surrey Muse, Jillian will present a selection of her published work. More about the event is here:
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Isaac Yuen – Surrey Muse

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Isaac Yuen situates and writes about the self in the forms of critical and creative non-fiction that revolves around ideas of nature, culture, and identity. He is the winner of the 2013 Web of Life Foundation international essay competition. His works can be found in Ricepaper, Alternatives Journal: Canada’s environmental voice, Flyway: Journal of writing and environment, and Schema Magazine: For the interculturally-minded.

A first-generation Chinese-Canadian, Isaac is also the creator of Ekostories, an award-winning blog and essay collection that explores the power of narrative to evoke personal and societal change.

Visit Isaac’s web page
ekostories.com
Contact Isaac Yuen
iyuen12@gmail.com

At the October 23 gathering of Surrey Muse, Isaac will present a selection from his published work. More about the event is here:
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Bonnie Quan Symons – Surrey Muse

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Bonnie Quan Symons is a poet of deep delicate moments who writes all forms of poetry including haiku. Her Quatchi haiku came in the second place for a Quatchi haiku poems contest in the Vancouver Courier. Bonnie has been writing poetry and nonfiction for over thirty-five years, and she has been published in Canada, United States and Australia.

Some of her poems can be found at Kind of a Hurricane Press, Four and Twenty, Resurrectionist Review and Skive Magazine.

Bonnie moved to Vancouver from Calgary in the 80s, and since then she has been involved in organizing literary, cultural and educational events in the city. She works at the BC Teachers’ Federation in Vancouver while volunteering her time as a member of Pandora’s Collective and Writers International Network (WIN) Canada.

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bqsymons@shaw.ca

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