John Michael Koffi – Surrey Muse


John Michael Koffi is an author, a poet and a singer/songwriter from the Democratic Republic of Congo now studying, working and living in Vancouver. Last April, John published ‘Refuge-e: The Journey Much Desired‘ (Tellwell Talent 2018), a book of non-fiction and his debut title that crystallizes his experiences and understandings gained as a refugee in parts of Africa, Europe and America. He is an undergraduate student at the University of British Columbia (UBC) where he has worked as a co-representative of African Studies Minor Program for the UBC Africa Awareness Initiative, an organization he is the current president of. John volunteers as a Wellness Peer, and he serves as a member of the advisory board for Vancouver Foundation’s LEVEL Youth Granting. He has participated in numerous readings, speaking engagements and musical and poetry performances in BC. At this time, John is working on a poetry book and a music album.

Visit John’s website
jmkoffi.com
Contact John
jmichaelkoffi@gmail.com

At the April 26 gathering of Surrey Muse, John will be our Featured Author. More information about the event is here: april-26-gathering

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Cathleen With – Surrey Muse

Cathleen With is an author and educator who has published two books of fiction. Her novel, ‘Having Faith in the Polar Girls’ Prison‘, was a BC Book Prize winner, and her short story collection ‘Skids‘ was a Relit finalist that is now optioned for film. She was proud to be a part of the short-listed City of Vancouver book ‘V6A: Writings from the Downtown Eastside‘. Cathleen started writing stories in her journal when she was six, and she published her first story in a Surrey newspaper when she was in grade three. The story was about her baby sister and how much she loved chasing her around the apartment and hearing her giggle. Cathleen is now working on a book about a woman with CP, as narrated by her guide dog. She has worked and written in Nepal, India, South Korea, Thailand, Cambodia, and Inuvik, NWT. Cathleen lives in Vancouver where she works as a creative writing instructor at KPU.

Visit Cathleen’s website
cathleenwith.ca
Contact Cathleen
bijou2929@gmail.com

At the March 22 gathering of Surrey Muse, Cathleen will be the Featured Author. More information about the event is here:
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Yilin Wang – Surrey Muse

Yilin Wang is a fiction writer, poet and editor who has been published in various literary journals and anthologies including The Best of Abyss & Apex Vol.2, and, Grain, Contemporary Verse 2, Room, LooseLeaf Magazine, The Tyee, and Business Insider. Her short story ‘Drifters’ was a finalist in The Malahat Review’s Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction in 2018. Yilin is a Creative Writing MFA candidate at UBC, and she serves as a programming committee member for Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival. She was the assistant editor for two issues of Room ‘Let’s Make Contact’ (40.4) and ‘Magic’ (42.1). She is an experienced tutor and educator of literary arts, a content strategist, and a Chinese-English translator. At this time, Yilin is working on a fantasy novel inspired by Chinese martial arts legends, and she is writing a collection of short stories about travel and displacement. Now in Vancouver, Yilin has lived in China, the U.S., Scotland, and Canada.

More about Yilin
www.yilinwang.com
Find her on Twitter
@yilinwriter

At the August 24 gathering of Surrey Muse, Yilin will be the Featured Author. More information about the event is here:
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Sultan Somjee – Surrey Muse

Sultan Somjee with a Pokot elder, holding a peace staff and
leaves of the peace tree.

Sultan Somjee is an author, curator and ethnographer who has published four books including ‘Home Between Crossings’ (2016), ‘Bead Bai’ (2013) and ‘Material Culture of Kenya’ (1994). For over three decades, Sultan worked on indigenous knowledge for education. Later, in the 1990s, when conflicts plagued eastern Africa, he looked towards indigenous traditions of conflict resolution. This led him to build village museums of peace as grassroots civil societies providing spaces for dialogue through performances and displays of indigenous heritages of peace. Today, there are sixteen community based Museums of Peace in Kenya managed by curators trained by Sultan. His lifetime work in Kenya has been the subject of doctoral researches here at UBC and elsewhere. In 2001, the United Nations named him one among the twelve global ‘Unsung Heroes of Dialogue Among Civilizations’, and in 2002, he was appointed as a member to the Global Advisory Board of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies.

More about Dr. Sultan Somjee
kitaab.org
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fssomjee@gmail.com

At the July 27 gathering of Surrey Muse, Sultan Somjee will be the Featured Author. More information about the event is here:
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Shashi Bhat – Surrey Muse

Shashi Bhat is a writer, editor and an educationist working in New Westminster. Her debut novel, The Family Took Shape (Cormorant, 2013), was a finalist for the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award. She is the winner of the 2018 Journey Prize, a finalist for the 2018 National Magazine Award for fiction, and, a finalist for the 2010 Bronwen Wallace Award. Shashi’s fiction has appeared in The Malahat Review, The New Quarterly, The Dalhousie Review, Grain, PRISM international, Best Canadian Stories 2018, Journey Prize Stories 24 & 30, and other publications. Shashi holds an MFA in fiction from The Johns Hopkins University. She is the editor-in-chief of EVENT Magazine, and teaches creative writing at Douglas College.

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shashibhat.com
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shashi.bhat@gmail.com

At the June 28 gathering of Surrey Muse, Shashi will be the Featured Author. More information about the event is here:
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Anthony Dalton – Surrey Muse


Anthony Dalton is a writer, scholar and explorer who has combined his passions to create four novels and fourteen books of nonfiction. An award-winning author, he has launched his latest publication, a novel titled ‘The Mathematician’s Journey'(August Words Publishing) in 2016. Working as a photojournalist he has covered assignments in the Arctic, the Falkland Islands, Bangladesh, Norway, throughout the Middle East and many African countries; and, as a former expedition organizer and leader exploring in the Sahara, the deserts of the Middle East and the Canadian Arctic, he has spoken at conferences across Canada, the USA, United Kingdom, Mexico and New Zealand. As well, he has worked at sea as a guest speaker for Smithsonian Journeys, Celebrity Cruises and Princess Cruises. A Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS), a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (FRCGS), a past national president of the Canadian Authors Association (CAA), Anthony is listed in Canadian Who’s Who. At this time, he ‘lives on Mayne Island, off the coast of British Columbia, with his wife, Penny, and rowdy yellow Labrador — Rufus.’

Visit Anthony’s official web page
anthonydalton.net
Contact Anthony
anthony.dalton@shaw.ca

At the November 24 gathering of Surrey Muse, Anthony will be the Featured Author. More information about the event is here:
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Stephen Brennan – Surrey Muse

Stephen Brennan is a genre fiction writer favoring horror in the novella/short novel format. He has published two titles: ‘Big John Irons Vol 1: No Heroes‘ (Pulp/Noir/Dieselpunk 2017) and ‘The Darkness Between‘ (Horror 2012). He began to write just over five years back upon realizing that the stories in his head were ‘genuinely worth something’, and he began work on an ‘ambitious full length novel’ that may be called a ‘supernatural romance’ very similar to Meet-Joe-Black in tone; it is still a work in progress while Stephen has gone on to write ‘shorter works that have increased in length over time’. Stephen’s favorite writer is his name-sake Stephen King about whom he says: ‘I find his blend of modern day darkness and fantasy truly inspiring. It’s something I frequently try to emulate.’ A member of the New West Writers group, he participates in monthly critique sessions with other writers. His upcoming title is called ‘Everything Gets Out Eventually‘ (Horror), and it’ll be out soon.

More about Stephen is here
stephenbrennan.ca
Contact Stephen
stephen.brennan@fastmail.fm

At the September 22 gathering of Surrey Muse, Stephen will be the Featured Author. More about the event is here: september-22-gathering

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