Ivan Drury – Surrey Muse

Ivan Drury is a writer, editor and an activist who has just published his debut collection of poetry titled ‘Un’ with Talon Books. He is an editor and writer at Volcano newspaper, first established in Vancouver Downtown Eastside as the Downtown East. Ivan was a founding member of Red Braid Alliance for Decolonial Socialism. He has been active defending low-income and unhoused communities in the Whalley neighbourhood of Surrey for five years, and he is proud to be reading with Surrey Muse. Ivan has a master’s degree in history from Simon Fraser University and teaches history and labour studies to international students. 

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thevolcano.org
Contact Ivan
ivand@tuta.io

At the May 27, 2022 gathering of Surrey Muse, Ivan will be the Featured Poet. More about the event is here: friday-may-27

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Rachel Thompson – Surrey Muse

Rachel Thompson is an author, poet and a mentor who has self-published seven works of nonfiction including a series on the themes of child sexual abuse and women’s empowerment titled ‘Broken Pieces’ (2012), ‘Broken Places’ (2015), and ‘Broken People’ (2021). Her writings have won various distinctions and awards including First Place in the 2017 Chanticleer Journey Awards for Narrative Non-Fiction, 2014 Kindle Book Award Non-Fiction Finalist, 2013 Global eBook Award Women Studies Non-Fiction Gold Medal Winner, 2013 eFestival of Words Best Non-Fiction (General) Winner, and 2013 Orangeberry Hall of Fame Best Non-Fiction Winner. Rachel has founded an author branding and marketing consultancy service at BadRedhead Media where she shares her knowledge and experience of writing, publishing and marketing. In her advocay projects, she creates opportunities to connect with the survivors of childhood sexual abuse by providing safe spaces to discuss and relate personal stories. Rachel has created #SexAbuseChat on Twitter (every Tuesday, 10 am pst), and a secret Facebook group for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, and she is ‘humbled to share many of her fellow authors’ stories on her blog’.

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rachelintheoc.com
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At the April 22, 2022 gathering of Surrey Muse, Rachel will be the Featured Author. More about the event is here: friday-april-22

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Don McLellan – Surrey Muse

Don McLellan is a Vancouver based journalist and writer who has published three volumes of short fiction. His most recent title, ‘Ouch: 20 Stories’ (Page Count Press, 2020) was a finalist for the 2021 Whistler Independent Book Award while his first short story collection ‘In the Quiet After Slaughter’ (Libros Libertad, 2008) was a finalist for the 2009 ReLit Award. In 2015, he published ‘Brunch with the Jackals’ at Thistledown Press. Don has worked as a journalist in Canada, South Korea, and Hong Kong. His literary or journalistic work has been nominated, listed, was a finalist or was honourably mentioned for a Western Canada Magazine Award, a Tabbies International Editorial Award, a Kenneth R. Wilson Memorial Award, the Commonwealth Short Story Prize (twice), and a Pushcart Prize.

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Contact Don
don_mac@telus.net

At the March 25, 2022 gathering of Surrey Muse, Don will be the Featured Author. More about the event is here: friday-march-25

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Haider Shahbaz – Surrey Muse

Haider Shahbaz is a translator, writer and a student of literature. A recipient of the 2020 Jawad Memorial Prize for Urdu-English translation, he has received awards and fellowships from American Literary Translators Association (ALTA), University of East Anglia, and the Black Mountain Institute. Haider is the translator of Mirza Athar Baig’s novel, Hassan’s State of Affairs (HarperCollins India, 2019). His other translations have appeared in Asymptote, Words Without Borders, Brooklyn Rail, and elsewhere. At this time, in addition to his current translation projects, he is doing a PhD in comparative literature at UCLA.

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At the October 22, 2021 gathering of Surrey Muse, Haider Shahbaz will be the Featured Author. More about the event is here: friday-oct-22

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Christina Myers – Surrey Muse

Christina Myers is an author, editor and journalist who has published two titles. Her non-fiction anthology BIG: Stories About Life in Plus-Sized Bodies (2020), won the 2021 IPPY silver medal book award, and her debut novel, The List of Last Chances (2021) made the BC Bestseller List in the first week of its publication. Christina’s writings have been published in various anthologies, newspapers and magazines. She is a member of The Writers Union of Canada, Canadian Authors Association and the Federation of BC Writers. A graduate of the Writer’s Studio at SFU Vancouver, Christina is now working on her next two books as she juggles her creative work and stay-at-home-parenthood from her place in Surrey. 

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At the August 27, 2021 gathering of Surrey Muse, Christina will begin the Open Mic session. More about the event is here: friday-august-27

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Qayqayt, Tsawwassen, Musqueam
Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

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