Katheren Szabo – Surrey Muse


Katheren Szabo is a poet, arts activist and a vibrant community organizer. Her poems have been published in over 20 poetry chapbooks and theme based ezines including We Are Newton, Hands & Heart, Bulbs & Beauty. She is a co-founder of Cedar Bark Poets, a presentation group that meets every month; and, a regular contributor to Friends of the Grove and The Plot in Newton, Surrey. Katheren began writing poetry as code, at 11 years of age, to keep her diary safe from her older siblings. ‘I have kept it all‘ she says, ‘and now have a large pile of dusty journals that hold my poetic life within. I am not a public poet and struggle to give voice to my words. We shall embark together on breaking the mute silence of my writing on May 26th at Surrey Muse Event. See you there!’

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katheren_szabo@yahoo.ca

At the May 26 gathering of Surrey Muse, Katheren will begin the Open Mic Session. More about the event is here: may-26-gathering-of-surrey-muse

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Mohamad Kebbewar – Surrey Muse

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Mohamad Kebbewar is an Aleppo-born Syrian Canadian poet, fiction writer and designer. His poems and short stories have been featured in various literary publications across the country, and he has presented his work at many gatherings in Metro Vancouver and Calgary. At this time, he is putting together the first collection of his poetry.

Mohamad immigrated to Canada when he was 19, settling in Montreal where he earned a B.A. in History at Concordia University. He says: ‘My poetry deals mostly with the Syrian conflict and my frustration at the silence of the international community.’

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At the February 24 gathering of Surrey Muse, Mohamad will present some of his new poems to begin the Open Mic session. More about the event is here:
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Lozan Yamolky – Surrey Muse

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Lozan Yamolky is an Iraqi Canadian poet of Kurdish origin who is launching her fist book titled ‘I’m No hero’ this October. She began to write poetry in her teens but kept it a secret till 2013 when she found a writer’s group in Maple Ridge near where she lived, the Holy Wow Poets of Canada. Lozan began to attend regular group meetings, reciting and writing new poems, and soon she had her manuscript ready. Lozan lives in Vancouver and works as a freelance interpreter and translator for both Kurdish and Arabic languages. She also worked as an interpreter with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Canadian Embassy, and the Australian Embassy in Turkey.

Lozan was born in Baghdad as the fifth of eleven children, eight girls and three boys. She left her homeland in 1994 and moved to Ankara Turkey as an asylum seeker before migrating with her family to Vancouver in 1995.

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At the September 23 gathering of Surrey Muse, Lozan will be our BookSigning Author, and she’ll present from her new book ‘I’m No Hero’. More information about the event is here:
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Edward Blodgett – Surrey Muse

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E.D. Blodgett is a poet, literary critic, translator and an educator. He has published 26 books of poetry, of which two received the Governor General’s Award. His most recent book, Horizons, will be launched later this month. His publications include The Love Songs of the Carmina Burana [Latin] with Roy Arthur Swanson (Garland Publishing, 1987), The Romance of Flamenca [Old Provençal] (Garland Publishing, 1995), Five-Part Invention: A History of Literary History in Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2003) and Les Enfants des Jésuites ou le sacrifice des vierges (Les Presses de l’Université Laval, 2013). Edward is a past poet laureate of Edmonton (2007-09), and a former Writer-in-Residence at Grant MacEwan University (2004).

Edward, FRCS, is also a Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta where he taught about 40 years, and held the Louis Desrochers Chair in Études canadiennes, Campus Saint-Jean (2008-10).

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eblodget@ualberta.ca

At the September 23 gathering of Surrey Muse, Edward will present a selection of his poems. More information about the event is here:
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Trudy M. Davies – Surrey Muse

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Trudy Davies is an author, illustrator and poet with background in health and education. She has published a children’s story book, two chapbooks of learning with children, and a collection of poetry. Her first book Butterfly Dreams: Milo’s Adventure was based on much loved bedtime stories she told her own children, this one about a magical butterfly that would take them on wonderful adventures. Her two chapbooks FUN WITH WORDS: There’s a Reason for the Rhyme 1 and 2 were published by request of children, teachers and parents. Wings for the Spirit: A journey to hope and love in all seasons is a collection of about 100 of Trudy’s poems combined with her husband Jim Davies’s photography and some of her own artwork. Her poems have been published in magazines, newspapers, anthologies, newsletters, given as gifts, used for cards, and made into songs.

For Trudy, creative writing, painting and music are enjoyable and also therapeutic. Her career as an occupational therapist spanned almost 30 years, providing rich experiences with people of all ages. Much of the time she worked with children and their families in hospitals, schools and their homes. Butterfly Dreams: Milo’s Adventure was written and illustrated with the intention of giving families a cuddle-up time with their kids.

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At the September 23 gathering of Surrey Muse, Trudy will present a selection of her stories including Butterfly Dreams: Milo’s Adventure. More information about the event is here:
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Young Scholar – Surrey Muse

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Young Scholar is a RAP (Rhythm And Poetry) lyricist and a music producer whose debut album, ‘The Awakening’ encapsulates his two-pronged mandate that he calls his ‘mission’: ‘to get my audience to critically analyze different issues in society (hatred/jealousy, immigration/refugee crisis, credential racism, violence against women) through my lyrics, and to promote RAP in its most sophisticated and beautiful form because RAP must have meaning to connect to a large audience.’ The album will be available soon.

Young Scholar started rapping in 2013 when he was 20, to help his peers remember organic chemistry reactions, but soon he was using a set of very different themes. He continued to RAP because it allowed him ‘to easily express myself via poetry’.

Tupac Shakur is one of his favorite musicians in addition to Fort Minor’s Mike Shinoda.

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At the August 26 gathering of Surrey Muse, Young Scholar will present a selection of songs from his debut album. More information about the event is here:
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Raoul Fernandes – Surrey Muse

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Raoul Fernandes is a poet and editor who is involved in both online and offline writing communities. The first collection of his poems, ‘Transmitter and Receiver’ (Nightwood Editions, 2015) won various citations including the Dorothy Livesay Award and the 2016 Debut-lizter Award. Raoul’s poetry has been published in the Best Canadian Poetry 2015, and in numerous other literary journals and anthologies. He is an editor for the online poetry magazine The Maynard. His poem ‘After Lydia’ was adapted into a short film.

Raoul completed the Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University in 2009. He was a finalist for the 2010 Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers, and winner of the 2010 Sakura Award at the Vancouver International Cherry Blossom Festival.

Raoul lives in Vancouver with his wife and son.

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troubles@gmail.com

At the August 26 gathering of Surrey Muse, Raoul will present a selection from his work. More information about the event is here:
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