Jovian Radheshwar – Surrey Muse


Jovian Radheshwar is a rapper, poet and an educator now based in Vancouver. Having grown up in New York listening to rap during an increasingly racialized America in the mid-1990s, Jovian began to practice rap as a medium for his artistic expression. In 2012, he collaborated as MC Bitter Buffalo with Bobby Musgrave (Pensive Blue Polar Bear) and Ed Keenan (DJ California Condor) in exploring the endangered nature of existence in a technologized modern world for the album ‘No Hooks’, and since then they have performed in Canada and the USA as the Endangered Species. Jovian’s poetry explores history, difference, drugs, science, knowledge, and the globalization of race. His music inspirations include Outkast, Nas and Pink Floyd where Hunter S. Thompson, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Frantz Fanon are among his literary influences. Jovian was born in Bombay and raised in New York, later he taught Black Studies, Global Studies, and Political Science in California for over ten years. Jovian lives in Burnaby and works as a professor of Political Science at Douglas College in New Westminster.

Visit Jovian’s SoundCloud profile
soundcloud.com/endangeredspecies
Contact Jovian
jovian.radheshwar@protonmail.com

At the May 24 gathering of Surrey Muse, Jovian will be the Featured Performer. More information about the event is here:
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April 26-2019 Gathering of Surrey Muse

81st Gathering


April 26, 2019
Author John Michael Koffi
Poet Raoul Fernandes
Performer Mariam Zohra
Open Mic Opener Ghia Aweida
Featured Art by David Hale
Host Sana Janjua

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

Open Mic
Book Table
Refreshments

Free event
Donations welcome

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Isabella Wang – Surrey Muse


Isabella Wang is a compelling writer and poet who is also playing a significant role in the development of her literary communities. Her debut poetry chapbook is forthcoming with Baseline Press in 2019, and at 18, she is a two-time finalist and the youngest writer shortlisted for The New Quarterly’s Edna Staebler Essay Contest. Her poetry has appeared in Room Magazine, The /tEmz/ Review, Train Journal, CV2, Canthius, Plenitude, and Looseleaf Magazine, and she holds a Pushcart Prize nomination for poetry. Isabella’s essays are published in carte blanche, Invisible Blog, and The New Quarterly. She is studying English and World Literature at SFU, and serving as the Youth Advocate for the Federation of B.C. Writers. As well, Isabella is working with Books on the Radio, co-ordinating the bi-monthly Dead Poets Reading Series, and interning at Room Magazine.

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Contact Isabella
w.isa368@gmail.com

At the February 22 gathering of Surrey Muse, Isabella will begin the Open Mic session. More information about the event is here: february-22-2019-gathering

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Rob Taylor – Surrey Muse


Rob Taylor is a an award winning poet, a fiction writer and an editor who has published three collections of his poems and five poetry chapbooks. His writings have appeared in over fifty anthologies and periodicals. Rob’s book The News (Gaspereau Press, 2016) was a finalist for the 2017 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. In 2010, his manuscript for The Other Side of Ourselves won the Alfred G. Bailey Prize. Rob is the editor of What the Poets Are Doing: Canadian Poets in Conversation (Nightwood Editions, 2018) and guest editor of the 2019 edition of The Best Canadian Poetry in English (Biblioasis, 2019). As an emerging artist, he received the City of Vancouver’s Mayor’s Arts Award for the Literary Arts in 2015. Rob teaches creative writing online at Simon Fraser University, and he lives in Port Moody with his wife and son. For more information, find his web page link below.

Visit Rob’s website
roblucastaylor.com
Contact Rob
roblucastaylor@gmail.com

At the February 22 gathering of Surrey Muse, Rob Taylor will be the Featured Poet. More information about the event is here: february-22-2019-gathering

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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
garebian.wordpress.com
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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