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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Veeno Dewan – Surrey Muse


Veeno Dewan is a writer, TV producer and filmmaker born in London UK who worked over fifteen years for the BBC and a few years for the independent TV broadcast industry before moving to Canada and settling in Surrey BC. In Canada he has worked for the CTV, Global and the CBC as a Producer and Director. Veeno’s articles have been published by various magazines and newspaper. A graduate of the Simon Fraser University’s Writers Studio, Veeno is working on his first novel, a family saga that spans four continents and a 100 years; and on a short story collection exploring the themes of migration, colonialism, identity, and the notions of home and belonging. Veeno also works as a communications specialist for the BC Government.

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Contact Veeno
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At the January 25 gathering of Surrey Muse, Veeno Dewan will begin the Open Mic session with his presentation. More information about the event is here: january-25-2019-gathering

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Margo Prentice – Surrey Muse

Margo Prentice is a writer of short stories and poems, stage plays and standup comic scripts. She established Golden Age Theatre that ran successfully for 15 years. Her play ‘Women and Escorts Only’ was performed at the Firehall Arts Centre, and her most recent play ‘Mother’s Day’ is being considered by Vancouver Fringe Festival. Margo’s short stories have been published in Canadian Magazine, Vancouver Sun and Royal City Literary Arts on-line magazine, and her poems have appeared in anthologies locally and in Ontario. She performs as a stand-up comic at local comedy venues including Yuks Yuks, Lafflines, Rosedale Pub and Corky’s. She has also done comedy shows in Mexico and Europe. Margo runs Short Story Open Mic in New Westminster, and she is in the process of editing and organizing materials for a book-length work.

Margo considers herself ‘the oldest comic standing’.

Visit Margo’s Facebook page
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Contact Margo
margop@shaw.ca

At the April 28 gathering of Surrey Muse, Margo will be our Featured Author, and we expect to hear/see anything from short stories to standup. More about the event is here: april-28-gathering-of-surrey-muse

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Isaac Yuen – Surrey Muse

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Isaac Yuen situates and writes about the self in the forms of critical and creative non-fiction that revolves around ideas of nature, culture, and identity. He is the winner of the 2013 Web of Life Foundation international essay competition. His works can be found in Ricepaper, Alternatives Journal: Canada’s environmental voice, Flyway: Journal of writing and environment, and Schema Magazine: For the interculturally-minded.

A first-generation Chinese-Canadian, Isaac is also the creator of Ekostories, an award-winning blog and essay collection that explores the power of narrative to evoke personal and societal change.

Visit Isaac’s web page
ekostories.com
Contact Isaac Yuen
iyuen12@gmail.com

At the October 23 gathering of Surrey Muse, Isaac will present a selection from his published work. More about the event is here:
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Larry Nicholson – Surrey Muse

Larry Nicholson is a poet and a singer/songwriter. He has written for stage, television and newspapers, and has performed on stage, radio, and at numerous poetry, literary and musical events. Some of his work can be found in ‘Gatherings Anthology’ (Theytus Books), One Cool Word Magazine, EVENT Magazine and ‘Salish Seas: An Anthology’. Larry earned a degree from UBC’s Creative Writing program, and ‘when not busy trying to compose stupendous poetry, stories, songs or create operatic circumstances in general’, he works in the social service field with 1st Nations families across Lower Mainland BC. Larry is from Montana Cree Nation at Mascwacis AB (formerly known as Hobbema), moved to BC 1996 and then to the West Coast in 1998. Larry is ‘proud to be associated with Surrey Muse, the organizers, and the wonderful array of participants over time’, having first shared his work at a 2012 Muse event.

Visit Larry’s blog
thebrowntowncrier.blogspot.ca
Contact Larry
champsteen69@gmail.com

At the October 26 gathering of Surrey Muse, Larry will be the Featured Performer. More on the event is here:
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Christine Grimard – Surrey Muse

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Christine Grimard is a writer of fiction and creative prose. Her work has been published in magazines and anthologies, most recently in Saving Seeds, an anthology by the New West Writers that bears the name of one of Christine’s contributions to it.

Christine ‘has been writing since she was capable of making marks on paper’. She writes to understand the world, express feelings, chronicle her adventures, and to give flight to an active imagination. She loves the power of words to transport both herself and others.

In addition to writing her own stories, Christine enjoys experiencing others’ writings, and that has led her to get involved in different writers’ groups including New West Writers, Golden Ears Writers, and the Federation of BC Writers. As well, she is the founder of Mission Writers critique group.

A self-confessed 3-Day Novel addict, and a proud graduate of the 2009 Writers’ Studio at SFU, Christine hopes that when she dies, many years from now, it will be ‘with a pen clutched in her gnarled hand and a smile of satisfaction on her lips’.

Meanwhile, she has several novels in revision, and we hope to see one of them published this year.

More about Christine
newwestwriters.com/members/christine-grimard
Christine’s Blog
girlscribe.blogspot.ca
Email address
christine@mountainscribe.com

At the April 24 gathering of Surrey Muse, Christine will present from her unpublished stories. More about the gathering is here:
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Renée Sarojini Saklikar – Surrey Muse

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Renée Sarojini Saklikar is a poet, author and mentor who also is the first Poet Laureate of the City of Surrey. Trained as a Lawyer at the University of British Columbia, she has a degree in English Literature, and graduation from Simon Fraser University’s The Writers Studio. Her book ‘Children of Air India‘ is the winner of the 2014 Canadian Authors Association Award for poetry, and, a finalist for the 2014 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Award.

Renée’s major work is an ongoing contemplation titled thecanadaproject, ‘a life-long poem chronicle that includes poetry, fiction, and essays.’ She has published some work from it in various journals and anthologies including the Literary Review of Canada, The Vancouver Review, Geist, Arc Poetry Magazine. The first book from the project,’Children of Air India, un/authorized exhibits and interjections’ (Nightwood Editions 2013) is a collection of poems about the bombing of Air India Flight 182 that was ‘Canada’s worst act of aviation terror’. It is available from Nightwood Editions at:
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Renée is a mentor and instructor for SFU’s writing and publishing program where she has co-founded Lunch Poems at SFU, a new poetry reading series. She also serves as an advocate on the national council of The Writer’s Union of Canada.

Visit Renée’s web page
thecanadaproject.wordpress.com
Contact her at
rsaklikar@shaw.ca

At the April 22 gathering of Surrey Muse, Renée will read a selection of her poems. Click below for more information about the event:
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