Arushi is an emerging writer who has just published her debut title ‘When morning comes’. She likes ‘intricate plots, flawed characters, chases, escapes, and sentences that just make you stop and wonder’. Besides writing, Arushi enjoys travelling, arguments, and long car rides. She grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, and has lived in Egypt, Nigeria, India, the US, UK, and most recently, Canada. As a day job, Arushi works as a consultant in Vancouver.
Celeste Snowber is a dancer, writer, poet and educator. She is the author of Embodied Prayer and co-author of Landscapes in Aesthetic Education. Her most recent collection of poetry is Wild Tourist and her book, Embodied Inquiry: Writing, Living and Being through the Body will be released in the fall of 2016. Celeste has pioneered embodied ways of inquiry and ways of writing from the body within arts-based research and curriculum theory. She is the recipient of the 2016 Ted T. Aoki Award for Distinguished Service in Canadian Curriculum Studies, and the Artist in Residence at the UBC Botanical Garden where she is creating presentations of dance and poetry in each season. She has performed a full-length show featuring dance, humour and voice titled ‘Women giving birth to a red pepper’.
Celeste is the mother of three amazing adult sons, and she lives with her husband outside Vancouver working as an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University outside Vancouver, B.C., Canada.
Lozan Yamolky is an Iraqi Canadian poet of Kurdish origin who is launching her second poetry book titled ‘Counting Waves’ (Silver Bow Publishing) this year. Last year, she had published her first book ‘I’m No hero’. Lozan began to write poetry in her teens but kept it a secret till 2013 when she found a writer’s group in Maple Ridge near where she lived, the Holy Wow Poets of Canada. Lozan began to attend regular group meetings, reciting and writing new poems, and soon she had her manuscript ready. Lozan lives in Vancouver and works as a freelance interpreter and translator for both Kurdish and Arabic languages. She also worked as an interpreter with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Canadian Embassy, and the Australian Embassy in Turkey. Lozan was born in Baghdad as the fifth of eleven children; eight girls and three boys. She left Iraq in 1994 and moved to Ankara Turkey as an asylum seeker before migrating with her family to Vancouver in 1995.
Steve Thompson is a songwriter, music publisher and an arts activist who founded the Magnus Project in Vancouver fifteen years back to connect musicians and songwriters to their art and their rights. This allowed him to work with producers, songwriters, bands, record labels and other music publishers at the local and national level. This interaction resulted in a diverse catalog of over two thousand songs of independent composers and authors; and, Steve is a contributing writer of about a hundred songs in it. He is a board member of the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN).
Steve grew up ‘around the dance-hall scene in the late 60s. He began writing his own songs from the age of 12. By the time he was in high-school he became a DJ, gaining experience as a tech leading him to record his compositions as well as those of his peers‘. This led him to the idea of the Magnus Project.
As a composer and as a music publisher, Steve has been spreading awareness about music rights. His participation in boards and associations has provided him with a sense of meaningful contribution to the community of artists in Canada.
At the September 23 gathering of Surrey Muse, Steve will introduce the Magnus Project, and he will present a selection of his music and songs. More information about the event is here: september-23-gathering-of-surrey-muse
E.D. Blodgett is a poet, literary critic, translator and an educator. He has published 26 books of poetry, of which two received the Governor General’s Award. His most recent book, Horizons, will be launched later this month. His publications include The Love Songs of the Carmina Burana [Latin] with Roy Arthur Swanson (Garland Publishing, 1987), The Romance of Flamenca [Old Provençal] (Garland Publishing, 1995), Five-Part Invention: A History of Literary History in Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2003) and Les Enfants des Jésuites ou le sacrifice des vierges (Les Presses de l’Université Laval, 2013). Edward is a past poet laureate of Edmonton (2007-09), and a former Writer-in-Residence at Grant MacEwan University (2004).
Edward, FRCS, is also a Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta where he taught about 40 years, and held the Louis Desrochers Chair in Études canadiennes, Campus Saint-Jean (2008-10).