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.

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Contact Aidan
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At the March 23 gathering of Surrey Muse, Aidan will be the Booksigning Author. 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
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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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March 23 Gathering of Surrey Muse

69th Gathering

March 23, 2018
Author Shashi Bhat
Poet Lee Maracle (via Skype)
Performer Cease Wyss
Open Mic Opener Fauzia Rafique
Booksigning Author Aidan Chafe
Featured Art by Christi Belcourt
Host Helga Parekh

5:30 – 8:30 PM
Room 405 – City Centre branch
Surrey Public Library
Phone: (604) 598-7420
(Surrey Central skytrain)

Open Mic
Refreshments
Book Table
Free event
Donations welcome

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Raul Gatica – Surrey Muse

Raul Gatica is an Indigenous Ñuu Savi poet born in San Miguelito (Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca) Mexico whose verses and short stories have been published in French, German, Russian, Spanish, Kurdish, Catalan and indigenous languages. Titles include Borrowed Character (short stories), Shoes on the Rocks (anthology of six Latin American writers in Canada), and his latest Broken Man that won an international poetry book award. In Mexico, he received the Oaxaca Provincial award for young poets in 1997 and the National award for short stories in 2000. At this time, he is working on Invisibles & Disposables, a book of stories about temporary foreign farm workers in Canada. Raul is also the editor of the cultural magazine El Cencerro, and a co-founder of Dignidad Migrante, a Temporary Foreign Farm Worker (TFFW) organization. Because of his struggle to defend the land, forest and the rights of Indigenous people, he has faced imprisonment, disappearance, torture and exile. In 2005 he arrived as a refugee in Vancouver, and become a Canadian Citizen in 2014. In 2017, he started to work with Kinbrace, an organization helping asylum seekers, where he coordinates the program Beyond Refuge.

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r.gatico@gmail.com

At the February 23 gathering of Surrey Muse, Raul will be the Featured Poet. More information about the event is here:
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annie ross – Surrey Muse

Daughter of a strong traditional Maya mother and auntie and WWII veteran father (Sydney Mines, NS). Began education at home with plants, animals, art, Indigenous hand work, storytelling, and history in Compton, California. Now working as an artist/teacher in the Canadian west, with awesome on-going working relationships with friends/family from many First Nations/Indigenous communities regarding testimony of Home/Lands and Sacred Beings.’

annie grace ross is a poet, weaver, sculptor, printmaker, researcher and educator working with Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Vancouver. Her poems have appeared in publications such as the Capilano Review (Fall 2017), Canadian Literature: A Quarterly of Criticism and Review (September 2017), The Maynard (Spring 2017, Fall 2015), Yellow Medicine Review (Fall 2014), Project Intersect Clarion Call (September 2014) and Quills Poetry Magazine (September 2014). Her work is part of various anthologies including ‘Sustenance‘ (Anvil Press, 2017) and ‘Turtle Island to Abya Yala: Native American Women’s Poetry Anthology’ (Malinalli Press, 2011); as well, it has been launched at The National Museum of Animals and Society (Los Angeles 2014), and it has been adopted as texts in university teachings.

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annier@sfu.ca

At the January 26 gathering of Surrey Muse, annie will be the Featured Poet. 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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‘Surrey Muse’ a poem by Val Parks

Erato
the muse of poetry
is here with us tonight,
as she has been since
the beginning of spoken word.
Poetry is in the soul of mankind;
it is Erato who draws it out,
who encourages us to speak truth,
forces us to stand exposed
and naked before the world.
She has inspired such greats as
Longfellow, Edna St Vincent Millay,
Shelley, Wordsworth and many others.
She watches over the child
composing rhymes for his amusement,
because she sees a future poet.
Erato is here with us tonight
in this community of like-minded people,
in this society of artistic expression.
She is here with us tonight
in Surrey.

Dedicated to Surrey Muse, this poem was presented by Val Parks in the open mic session of April 28/2017 gathering.

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