Naava Smolash – Surrey Muse

Naava Smolash is the author of Turn This World Inside Out: The Emergence of Nurturance Culture (AK Press 2019) that resulted from her essay ‘The Opposite of Rape Culture is Nurturance Culture’ that went viral in 2016. Naava holds a PhD in English Literature from Simon Fraser University, and is a graduate of The Writer’s Studio. Her work appears in academic and popular publications including Studies in Canadian Literature, West Coast Line, Briarpatch, Everyday Feminism, and the University of Toronto Quarterly. A longtime community organizer, she was a member of the No One is Illegal-Vancouver collective from 2005-2008 and the Media Democracy Day-Vancouver collective from 2008-2010. She is currently working on a speculative fiction manuscript titled Cipher. Originally from Montreal, Naava lives in East Vancouver and teaches in the English department at Douglas College.

Read more about Naava’s book
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View her article
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Contact Naava Smolash
naava.smolash@gmail.com

At the September 27 gathering of Surrey Muse, Naava will be the Booksigning Author. More information about the event is here: september-27-2019-gathering

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Craig Wilson Ruttle – Surrey Muse

A portrait of Craig Wilson Ruttle by Tyrone (at age 5)

My first book of poems was written while raking leaves
on Thetis Island. Many of the poems in my latest book came
into being while walking alone in the forest after dark
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Craig Wilson Ruttle is the author of two collections of poems. His latest book titled ‘In Praise of Bombast‘ was launched by Silver Bow Publishing in 2018. His first collection ‘So if I built a bird’s nest in the middle of the light‘ was published by Ekstasis Editions (Palimscest Press) in 1986.

At the January 25 gathering of Surrey Muse, Craig will be the Featured Poet. More on the event is here: january-25-2019-gathering

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Shazia Hafiz Ramji – Surrey Muse

Shazia Hafiz Ramji is a poet, novelist and editor who won the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry for her first book ‘Port of Being’ in 2017, and the book is now being launched by Invisible Publishing. Her chapbook, ‘Prosopopoeia’ was published by Anstruther Press in 2017, and her poetry, fiction, and non-fiction have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Best Canadian Poetry 2018, The Humber Literary Review, and Quill & Quire. Shazia is an editor for Metatron Press, Canadian Women in the Literary Arts, and she serves as a publishing consultant, board member, and editor for various journals and organizations across Canada. She will be appearing at the Vancouver Writers Festival, and giving a writing workshop and editorial consult at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference. Earlier this year, Shazia founded the Intersections Reading Group, a series dedicated to discussing race, gender, and class in writing and in life. She lives in East Vancouver where she is working on a second book of poems and a novel.

More on Shazia is here
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Contact Shazia
shaziahafizramji@gmail.com

At the September 28 gathering of Surrey Muse, Shazia will be the Booksigning Author. More information about the event is here:
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Aidan Chafe – Surrey Muse

Aidan Chafe is a public school teacher, author and poet. His debut collection of poems Short History of Light is published by McGill-Queen’s University Press. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in CV2, EVENT and The Maynard. He lives in Burnaby, BC.

More about Aidan is here
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Contact Aidan
aidan_chafe@yahoo.ca

At the August 24 gathering of Surrey Muse, Aidan will be the Featured Poet. More information about the event is here:
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Joan B. Flood – Surrey Muse

Joan B. Flood is a novelist and a short story writer who has recently launched her second novel ‘Left Unsaid’ (Signature Editions 2017). Her first title ‘New Girl’, a Young Adult novel, won the Orpheus Fiction Contest, and it was published in the USA by Musa Publishing. Her short story ’87’ won honorable mention in The Binnacle Ninth Annual Ultra-Short Story Competition 2012. Her work has appeared in various anthologies in Canada, USA and Australia. She has also published some of her writings as Joan Bridget. Joan grew up in Limerick, Ireland, and lived in France and England before settling in Canada. She spent some years in Ottawa, Toronto and Hamilton before arriving in Vancouver, where she now lives.

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Contact Joan
joanbflood@gmail.com

At the April 27 gathering of Surrey Muse, Joan will be the Featured Author. More information about the event is here:
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Chloe Cocking – Surrey Muse

Chloe Cocking is a fiction writer, poet and playwright who has just launched her first novel ‘Blood Rain‘. She is the author of a one-woman play ‘The Blanket on Freud’s Couch‘, and her micro-fiction, articles and poems have appeared in various literary publications, zines and anthologies including ‘Saving Seeds‘ (New West Writers, 2014). She has served as a member of the editorial collective of A Room of One’s Own. She is a member of critique group New West Writers. Chloe professes to be a ‘writer of dark urban fantasy’, and she runs a blog and a newsletter on her craft and different aspects of her life as a writer.

Visit Chloe’s official web page
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Contact Chloe Cocking
chloe.a.cocking@gmail.com

At the October 27 gathering of Surrey Muse, Chloe will be the BookSigning Author. More information about the event is here:
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Ken Westdorp – Surrey Muse

Ken Westdorp is a longtime Surrey poet, painter and oragami artist who has just published his first collection of poems titled Gateway to Obscurity. Ken had begun writing as a child but most of his published work has been done within the last 10 years. The first thing he ever wrote was a short story about imaginary animals, and his first poem was written either for mother’s day or Valentine’s day. Earlier, a couple of his poems appeared in ‘We Are Newton’ anthology. Inspired by Frank Miller and Alan Moore, Ken is now working on a follow up collection Strength and Vulnerability that will take ‘a much broader view of the human condition and the way it relates to various aspects of the environment’.

Ken lives with his wife in the Whalley area where they devote a large portion of their time volunteering to assist homeless people living on the ‘Strip’.

Contact Ken
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At the August 25 gathering of Surrey Muse, Ken will be our BookSigning Author. More about the event is here: august-25-gathering

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