Keith Garebian – Surrey Muse

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Keith Garebian is an award-winning Canadian poet living in Mississauga, Ontario. He has published twenty-two books with eight poetry collections including: ‘Poetry is Blood‘ (Guernica), William Hutt: Soldier Actor (Guernica), Blue: The Derek Jarman Poems (Signature), and ‘Frida: Paint Me As a Volcano‘. One of his Derek Jarman poems has been set to music by Gregory Spears in the United States. His reviews and articles have appeared in over a hundred publications. Keith holds a doctorate in Canadian and Commonwealth Literature from Queen’s University. His work has been translated into French, Armenian, German, Chinese, Romanian, Bulgarian, and Hindi. In 2000, he became the first critic-at-large to be appointed by a public library. Keith runs ‘Garebian on the Arts’, a review website on WordPress.

Visit Keith’s web page
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Contact Keith
kgarebian@rogers.com

At the November 23 gathering of Surrey Muse, Keith will be the Featured Poet, visiting us from Ontario (thank you, Keith). More information about the event is here:
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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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Wil George – Surrey Muse

Wil George is a poet and storyteller from Tsleil-Waututh Nation of Coast Salish. His poetry book ‘Survival In Its Many Shapes’ was published by UNIT-PITT Projects in 2011 while the book launch was accompanied by a video, and a radio program that broadcast the readings presented at the event. Wil received Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for Literary Arts in 2017. His poems have appeared in various literary publications including Ricepaper Magazine, and ‘Salish Seas: an anthology of text + image‘ published by Aboriginal Writers West Coast in 2011. Wil’s poetry ‘focuses on water-bodies (inlets, rivers, oceans, etc.) and the land (mountains, forests, shore-lines, etc.) He also uses Wolf and Raven from traditional Salish stories in contemporary settings and to address contemporary issues.’

Contact Wil
wg288196@gmail.com

At the September 28 gathering of Surrey Muse, Wil George will be the Featured Poet. More information about the event is here:
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Christopher Levenson – Surrey Muse

Christopher Levenson is a poet, a mentor and a literary organizer who has published twelve books of poetry, most recent being: A tattered coat upon a stick (Quattro, 2017). His book, Night Vision (Quattro, 2014) was short listed for the Governor General’s Award for poetry; and, his first book, In Transit (1959) was the first recipient of the Eric Gregory Award in 1960, where the jury consisted of T.S Eliot, Henry Moore and Bonamy Dobree. Christopher has presented his poetry in Australia, India, Ireland, Russia, the USA, the UK, and of course, Canada. A co-founder and the first editor of Arc magazine, he also taught full-year credit poetry workshop courses twenty five times at Carleton University in Ottawa. Since coming to Vancouver in 2007, he has helped re-start and organize the Dead Poets Reading Series, and he has founded a book club called SALinE (South Asian Literature in English).

More about Christopher
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christopher.levenson236@gmail.com

At the July 27 gathering of Surrey Muse, Christopher will be the Featured Poet. 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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Lee Maracle – Surrey Muse

Lee Maracle is a poet, novelist, editor and educationist based in Toronto who has distinguished herself in each area of her work. She has published seven novels, numerous poetry collections and works of creative prose. Titles include Celia’s Song (Cromorant Books, Toronto 2014), Will’s Garden (young adult novel, 2002), Bent Box (poetry), and My Conversations with Canadians (2017). She is the co-editor of a number of anthologies including the award winning My Home As I Remember (2000), and Telling It: Women and Language across Cultures (1990). Lee is the Traditional Teacher for First Nations and a Senior Fellow at Massey College at U of T. She has served as Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, and the University of Western Washington. She is the recipient of the 2018 Blue Metropolis First Nations Literary award, the 2014 Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the 2016 Ann Green Award, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, an Honorary Doctor of Letters at St. Thomas University (2009), and the Officer of the Order of Canada. Lee was born in North Vancouver as member of the Stó:lō Nation. The mother of four and grandmother of seven, at this time, Lee serves as an instructor at the University of Toronto, and she is working on Hope Matters and Mink Returns to Toronto.

More information
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Contact Lee Maracle
@MaracleLee
lee.maracle@utoronto.ca

At the March 23 gathering of Surrey Muse, Lee will be our Featured Poet from Toronto via Skype. More information about the event is here:
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