Ali Kazimi – Surrey Muse

Ali Kazimi is a Toronto-based filmmaker and author who in 2019 became the first Indo-Canadian to receive the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts. Prominent works include feature documentaries Narmada: A Valley Rises, Continuous Journey, and Random Acts of Legacy. Ali has also produced short and mid-length documentaries, experimental films and 3D media rt installations. His films have won more than thirty awards and honours around the world including the Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/Political film, the Golden Gate Award and the Gold Conch for Best Documentary. He is the author of Undesirables: White Canada and the Komagata Maru – An Illustrated History (Douglas & McIntyre 2011) that became a finalist for both the 2012 Vancouver Book Award and 2013 BC Book Prizes. In 2019, the University of British Columbia conferred Ali with a honorary Doctor of Letters degree. Ali is an Associate Professor in the Department of Cinema and Media Arts at York University where he has been teaching since 2006 and has also served as Chair.

More about Ali
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View one of his films
vimeo.com (Password: RAOL2016)
Contact Ali
ali.a.kazimi@gmail.com

At the February 28 gathering of Surrey Muse, Ali will be the Featured Filmmaker via Skype from Toronto. More about the event is here: february-28-2020

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Bill Arnott – Surrey Muse

Bill Arnott is an author, poet and songwriter based in Vancouver where he has produced a collection of his songs as an Indie Folk CD titled Studio 6. His poetry and prose have appeared in various countries, and he performs across Canada and overseas. Bill has published Gone Viking: A Travel Saga, Dromomania and Wonderful Magical Words, and he presents Bill’s Artist Showcase on regular basis. Bill is the recipient of a 2019 poetry prize from Pandora’s Collective, a national qualifier citation from the RYGA songwriting challenge, and he is a finalist for the Whistler Independent Book Awards with his travelogue Gone Viking: A Travel Saga.

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billyarnott@hotmail.com

At the October 25 gathering of Surrey Muse, Bill will be the Featured Performer. More information about the event is here: october-25-gathering

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Naava Smolash – Surrey Muse

Naava Smolash is the author of Turn This World Inside Out: The Emergence of Nurturance Culture (AK Press 2019), which grew out of her viral online essay ‘The Opposite of Rape Culture is Nurturance Culture.’ 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. Current projects include a speculative fiction manuscript entitled Cipher. Originally from Montreal, Naava lives in East Vancouver and teaches in the English department at Douglas College.

Read more about Naava’s book
akpress.org/turn-this-world-inside-out
View her article
the-opposite-of-rape-culture-is-nurturance-culture
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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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
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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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veenodewan@gmail.com

At the July 26 gathering of Surrey Muse, Veeno Dewan will be the Featured Author. More information about the event is here: july-26-2019-gathering

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Surrey Muse gatherings take place
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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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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:
October-23-gathering

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