Raghavendra Rao K.V. – Surrey Muse

Raghavendra Rao K.V. is a South Asian Canadian artist who has just finished a series of paintings on the historic incident of Komagata Maru. Born and raised in Bangalore, Karnataka (India), he attended the Ken School of Art and after completing his diploma in painting, he received a fellowship at the Kanoria Centre for Arts in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. As an emerging artist, he participated in ‘Four Young Contemporaries’ curated by Rekha Rodwittiya. As well, Raghu Jee explored the idea of installation art along with his peers, and participated in numerous solo and group shows in India, Europe, and North America. He has undertaken residencies in Switzerland, Scotland, Mauritius, numerous locations in India itself, and at a major collaborative art festival in Lille, France. Raghu Jee began teaching at Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore in 1997, and has taught there occasionally since 2012. He splits his time between Bangalore and Vancouver, where he paints and lives with his wife and two children.

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At the June 28 gathering of Surrey Muse, Raghu Jee will be the Featured Artist, and we’ll hear him via Skype from Europe where he is now visiting. More about the event: june-28-2019-gathering

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Jovian Radheshwar – Surrey Muse


Jovian Radheshwar is a rapper, poet and an educator now based in Vancouver. Having grown up in New York listening to rap during an increasingly racialized America in the mid-1990s, Jovian began to practice rap as a medium for his artistic expression. In 2012, he collaborated as MC Bitter Buffalo with Bobby Musgrave (Pensive Blue Polar Bear) and Ed Keenan (DJ California Condor) in exploring the endangered nature of existence in a technologized modern world for the album ‘No Hooks’, and since then they have performed in Canada and the USA as the Endangered Species. Jovian’s poetry explores history, difference, drugs, science, knowledge, and the globalization of race. His music inspirations include Outkast, Nas and Pink Floyd where Hunter S. Thompson, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Frantz Fanon are among his literary influences. Jovian was born in Bombay and raised in New York, later he taught Black Studies, Global Studies, and Political Science in California for over ten years. Jovian lives in Burnaby and works as a professor of Political Science at Douglas College in New Westminster.

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jovian.radheshwar@protonmail.com

At the May 24 gathering of Surrey Muse, Jovian will be the Featured Performer. More information about the event is here:
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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.

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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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Roger Berkowitz – Surrey Muse

Roger Berkowitz is an experimental musician from New Jersey who founded Unearth Noise, a project that aims to create an alternate universe in sound – an audible representation of a reality beyond the everyday veil. Roger seeks to remove himself from the compositional process, or rather to collaborate with the forces that make themselves present during a recording session, as if it was a ritual or seance. Roger sees his task in bringing these forces into focus, and presenting them, respectfully, in a musical form. The resulting ‘compositions’ may at times be non-linear, atonal, and/or arhythmic. Remnants of his own aesthetic drawn primarily from early experimental music, ritual and world music, and more familiar musics that inspired him in his youth may also be present. ‘Ultimately,’ he says, ‘my hope is that the music I produce in collaboration with these otherworldly forces resonates within the soul / consciousness of the listener, revealing something infinite and intangible, beyond the confines of time and space.’

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At the March 22 gathering of Surrey Muse, Roger will be our Featured Performer via Skype from New Jersey. More information about the event is here: march-22-2019-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.

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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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Isabella Wang – Surrey Muse


Isabella Wang is a compelling writer and poet who is also playing a significant role in the development of her literary communities. Her debut poetry chapbook is forthcoming with Baseline Press in 2019, and at 18, she is a two-time finalist and the youngest writer shortlisted for The New Quarterly’s Edna Staebler Essay Contest. Her poetry has appeared in Room Magazine, The /tEmz/ Review, Train Journal, CV2, Canthius, Plenitude, and Looseleaf Magazine, and she holds a Pushcart Prize nomination for poetry. Isabella’s essays are published in carte blanche, Invisible Blog, and The New Quarterly. She is studying English and World Literature at SFU, and serving as the Youth Advocate for the Federation of B.C. Writers. As well, Isabella is working with Books on the Radio, co-ordinating the bi-monthly Dead Poets Reading Series, and interning at Room Magazine.

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At the February 22 gathering of Surrey Muse, Isabella will begin the Open Mic session. More information about the event is here: february-22-2019-gathering

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Rob Taylor – Surrey Muse


Rob Taylor is a an award winning poet, a fiction writer and an editor who has published three collections of his poems and five poetry chapbooks. His writings have appeared in over fifty anthologies and periodicals. Rob’s book The News (Gaspereau Press, 2016) was a finalist for the 2017 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. In 2010, his manuscript for The Other Side of Ourselves won the Alfred G. Bailey Prize. Rob is the editor of What the Poets Are Doing: Canadian Poets in Conversation (Nightwood Editions, 2018) and guest editor of the 2019 edition of The Best Canadian Poetry in English (Biblioasis, 2019). As an emerging artist, he received the City of Vancouver’s Mayor’s Arts Award for the Literary Arts in 2015. Rob teaches creative writing online at Simon Fraser University, and he lives in Port Moody with his wife and son. For more information, find his web page link below.

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At the February 22 gathering of Surrey Muse, Rob Taylor will be the Featured Poet. More information about the event is here: february-22-2019-gathering

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