Patricia A. Donahue – Surrey Muse

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Patricia is an author, an educator, a psychotherapist and a sailor. She has published three novels Mighty Orion – Accord (2017), Mighty Orion – Fate (2013) and Mighty Orion – Secrets (2011). Her writings have appeared in academic journals (psychology), and in anthologies, magazines and newspapers. Her several years of teaching at university included course-units in formal and creative writing at the University of British Columbia – Okanagan (Continuing Studies). The showcased author for UBC-O’s Fifth Year Anniversary celebrations, she was also chosen for the Okanagan Literary Arts Award, representing BC’s interior region, in 2012. Patricia has been a presenter/panelist at the Shuswap Writers Festival, the Kamloops Writers Festival, and the Vernon Writers Festival.

Born on the eastern seaboard of Canada, she grew up in a large bilingual family of gregarious storytellers, singers, and adventurers. She has raised three children on her own and is a practicing psychotherapist. She now resides in White Rock, BC.

More about Patricia is here
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Contact Patricia
xdonahue@shaw.ca

At the February 24 gathering of Surrey Muse, Patricia will be the BookSigning Author. More about the event is here:
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Mohamad Kebbewar – Surrey Muse

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Mohamad Kebbewar is an Aleppo-born Syrian Canadian poet, fiction writer and designer. His poems and short stories have been featured in various literary publications across the country, and he has presented his work at many gatherings in Metro Vancouver and Calgary. At this time, he is putting together the first collection of his poetry.

Mohamad immigrated to Canada when he was 19, settling in Montreal where he earned a B.A. in History at Concordia University. He says: ‘My poetry deals mostly with the Syrian conflict and my frustration at the silence of the international community.’

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mohamad.kebbewar@gmail.com

At the February 24 gathering of Surrey Muse, Mohamad will present some of his new poems to begin the Open Mic session. More about the event is here:
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Mustapha Makhdoom (the metronomad) – Surrey Muse

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Mustapha Makhdoom is a South Asian Canadian singer and songwriter working out of Edmonton. He picked up a guitar in the second year of college and that changed everything. He introduced his brand The Metronomad and launched his first collection of songs ‘Opening Doors’. Mustapha combines the poetic and musical traditions of Sindhi and Urdu into his lyrics and tunes. He has performed at various venues in Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver. Now he is working to produce a second collection of his songs.

While Mustapha admits reverence to Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, Muse, Jimi Hendrix, BB King, Jack White and Paco de Lucia, the pivotal musical influence for him may have been his own father Zahid Makhdoom, a ‘hobby’ singer of revolutionary poetry who has an amazing voice and an undying passion for singing.

Visit Mustapha’s web page
themetronomad.com/home
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themetronomadmusic@gmail.com

At the February 24 gathering of Surrey Muse, Mustapha will present some of his new songs. More about the event is here:
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Arushi Raina – Surrey Muse

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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.

Contact Arushi
arushiraina91@gmail.com

At the October 28 gathering of Surrey Muse, Arushi will present her new book and will be available to sign copies. More information about the event is here:
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Celeste Snowber – Surrey Muse

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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.

Visit Celeste’s website
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View her blog
www.bodypsalms.com

At the October 28 gathering of Surrey Muse, Celeste will give us the opportunity to experience some of her work. More information about the event is here:
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Lozan Yamolky – Surrey Muse

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Lozan Yamolky is an Iraqi Canadian poet of Kurdish origin who is launching her fist book titled ‘I’m No hero’ this October. She 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 her homeland in 1994 and moved to Ankara Turkey as an asylum seeker before migrating with her family to Vancouver in 1995.

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At the September 23 gathering of Surrey Muse, Lozan will be our BookSigning Author, and she’ll present from her new book ‘I’m No Hero’. More information about the event is here:
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Steve Thompson (Magnus) – Surrey Muse

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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.

Contact Steve
vancouverrecords@gmail.com

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:
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