Haytham Alhamaydeh – Surrey Muse

I am always inspired by my own old self who passed
though the toughest times to help me reach where i am today
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Haytham Alhamaydeh is a dancer, singer and a calligrapher who also excels in public speaking and storytelling. He is the leader and founder of the dabkeh/zaffeh performance team, Canadabkeh, since 2014. Canadabkeh showcases the culture of Palestine’s dabke- a dance traditionally performed to build roofs of houses, and now, to ‘bring joy to newly married couples by hyping their wedding ceremonies with the chants of zaffeh and the stomps of dabkeh.’ Haytham also launched the Arab Students Association at UBC, supported his mother to establish her catering service Mansaf Zaman Catering, and he was a major contributor to the BC Newcomers Camp. Haytham has danced for half his life as he began to perform dabke When he was 12 years old. As an artist, he wants to mentor the young to grow into creative individuals, spread the culture of dabkeh to tell the world about the existence and the persistence of the indigenous people of Palestine, and to make the dabke an international practiced dance like tango or salsa. Haytham comes from Palestine Nablus, and he now lives and works in Vancouver.

Visit Haytham on Instagram
Canadabkeh
Canadabkeh on YouTube
youtube.com/channel/UCFmSmVZXd3rfcf51rE_cCQQ
Contact Haytham
haytham.alhamaydeh@gmail.com

At the Third virtual Gathering of Surrey Muse, Haytham will be the featured performer. More about the Gathering: third-virtual-gathering

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Joanna Lilley – Surrey Muse

Joanna Lilley is a British Canadian author, poet and arts organizer. She has published three poetry collections: Endlings (Turnstone Press), If There Were Roads (Turnstone Press), and The Fleece Era (Brick Books) that was nominated for the Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry. She’s also the author of a short story collection, The Birthday Books (Hagios Press), and a novel, Worry Stones (Ronsdale Press), that was longlisted for the Caledonia Novel Award. Joanna has given readings all across Canada and in the US and UK and has delivered workshops as far afield as Alaska and Iceland. Joanna moved to Canada in 2006, 15 years after cycling alone across the country from Nova Scotia to Inuvik in the Northwest Territories. She now lives in Whitehorse, Yukon, where she co-founded the Yukon Writers’ Collective Ink. She is grateful to reside on the Traditional Territories of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council.

Visit Joanna on Facebook
facebook.com/joanna.lilley.5
Follow her on twitter
twitter.com/circumpolarjo
Contact Joanna
jo.lilley@rocketmail.com

At the Third virtual Gathering of Surrey Muse, Joanna will be the featured poet. More about the Gathering: third-virtual-gathering

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Surrey Muse gatherings take place
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Qayqayt, Tsawwassen, Musqueam,
Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

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Cynthia Sharp – Surrey Muse


Cynthia Sharp is an author, screenwriter, poet and educator who is inspired by ‘renewal in nature’ in all the ways she expresses herself. She has published multiple works including a collection of her poems ‘Rainforest in Russet’ and a series she designed for her middle school students titled ‘The Light Bearers in the Sand Dollar Graviton’. Cynthia’s work is used in classrooms in Canada, the U.S. and Scotland, and it has been published and broadcast internationally. The City of Richmond’s 2019 Writer in Residence, Cynthia is a full member of The Writers’ Union of Canada and The League of Canadian Poets.

View Cynthia’s blog
cynthiasharp.weebly.com
Visit her Facebook page
facebook.com/cynthia.sharp.790
Contact Cynthia
inthelightwt@gmail.com

At the Third virtual Gathering of Surrey Muse, Cynthia will be the featured author. More about the Gathering: third-virtual-gathering

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Surrey Muse gatherings take place
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Qayqayt, Tsawwassen, Musqueam,
Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

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Betty Busby – Fiber Artist

Betty Busby is a New Mexico-based fiber artist with a strong background in ceramics, teaching and entrepreneurship. A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, Betty majored in ceramics and established her own tile manufacturing company in L.A. that she operated for 18 years before moving to New Mexico- where she began working with fiber creating intricate yet simple designs depicting complex natural processes and elements. Betty’s work has been exhibited at national and international venues.

View some of Betty’s work here
bbusbyarts.com/galleries
Visit her Facebook page
facebook.com/betty.busby
Contact Betty
fbusby3@comcast.net

We are grateful to Betty Busby for the beautiful art work published on the poster for the April 2020 gathering of Surrey Muse.

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Heidi McKenzie – Surrey Muse

Heidi McKenzie is a Toronto-based ceramic artist, arts journalist and ceramic arts reviewer who has exhibited and been collected nationally and internationally. Her work engages issues of identity, and belonging, seeking to transcend Eurocentricism. She is the recipient of Craft Ontario Awards and Best in Show Ontario Artists Association Biennial Award. Work from a 2019 solo exhibition was acquired by Global Affairs Canada. As an artist of colour, Heidi is an active convener of critical discussion and writing around issues of race and migration. She moderated a panel on the Decolonization of Clay at the 2019 Australian International Ceramics Triennale; the Paradox of Identity, at NCECA’s 50th in 2017; and was to exhibit in a four-woman show, ‘Disruption’ at NCECA 2020 in Richmond, Virginia, disrupting the male-dominated hetero-normative contemporary canon. Heidi completed her Diploma in Crafts & Design at Sheridan College, Canada, in 2012 and an MFA in Curatorial Practice and Art Criticism at the Ontario College of Art & Design University in 2014.

Visit Heidi’s website
heidimckenzie.ca
Heidi’s Instagram
@heidi.artist
Contact Heidi
heidi.mckenzie@gmail.com

At the April 24 virtual gathering of Surrey Muse, Heidi will be the Featured Artist. More about the event is here: april-24-2020

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Surrey Muse gatherings take place
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Elaine Woo – Surrey Muse

Elaine Woo is a West Coast-based poet, artist, and librettist. She has published two collections of her poetry, Put Your Hand in Mine (2019) and Cycling with the Dragon (2014). In her view, ‘the creative mind goes where it goes, and because of such meanderings’, her work is now tending to come out more as visual poetry, visual art, and micro-essays. Some of it is forthcoming or appears in Thorn Lit Mag, Watch Your Head, Otoliths, h&, S/tick,The Elephant Journal, and Sivana East. More about Elaine is at the link below.

Visit Elaine’s website
elainespath.org
Elaine on Facebook
facebook.com/elaine.woo.39

At the April 24 virtual gathering of Surrey Muse, Elaine will be the Featured Poet. More about the event is here: april-24-2020

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Surrey Muse gatherings take place
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Qayqayt, Tsawwassen, Musqueam,
Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

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Jessica Barratt – Surrey Muse

Jessica Barratt is a literary fiction enthusiast whose work often concerns themes of alienation, technological advancement, and the psycho-social boundaries of memory. Her work first received recognition in 2013, when ‘Loops’, an early short story, became a Flo Decoteau Creative Writing Award winner and later received publication with The Wanderer Online. Other works have appeared in Flamingo, MUSe Journal, Prism International, and the Bolo Tie Collective Anthology, while some of her more journalistic material has found home with The Yards Newsmagazine, where she had the pleasure of being an editorial intern, and Invest in Alberta. These days, Jessica spends her time in her home office writing for others, while also finding time to write for herself. She self-publishes short stories through The (Almost) Daily, and is currently in the process of finalizing one of her three ongoing novel-length manuscripts, tentatively titled, Vast.

Visit Jessica’s website
wordsofhers.com
Follow her on Twitter
@JessicaBarratt
Contact Jessica
jessicabarratt@live.ca

At the April 24 virtual gathering of Surrey Muse, Jessica will be the Featured Author. More about the event is here: april-24-2020

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Surrey Muse gatherings take place
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the Semiahmoo, Katzie, Kwikwetlem, Kwantlen,
Qayqayt, Tsawwassen, Musqueam,
Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

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