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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Contact Margo
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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Sadhu Binning – Surrey Muse

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Sadhu was born in 1947 in Punjab, India and moved to Canada in 1967. A retired UBC language instructor, Sadhu has authored and co-authored more than seventeen books of poetry, fiction, plays, translations and research and his works have been included in over forty such anthologies in Punjabi and English. He edited a literary monthly Watno Dur and co-edits a quarterly, Watan. He is a founding member of “Vancouver Sath,” a theatre collective and Ankur,  an English language-magazine.

He sat on the BC Arts Board from 1993 to 1995. As an active member of Punjabi Language Education Association, he has been promoting Punjabi language in educational institutions in BC for the last two and a half decades.

Selected Publications:

Novel:
– Jugtoo, 2002;

Poetry:
– Yaar Mera Driya, 2001;
– No More Watno Dur a bilingual collection, 1994;
– Rishte Dariawan De, 1991;
– Jangal De Virudh, 1986;
– Sone Rangi Sarak, 1976

Short Stories:
– Fauji Banta Singh and other stories, (A Collection in English) 2014
– Katha Canada, Co-Edited, 2000;
– Lihon Lathe, 1994/2001;
– Kis Da Kasur, 1982

Plays:
– Latan de Bhoot Co-authored 2001
– Picket Line, Co-authored, 1995.
– Research / Translations:
– Nastik Bani, 2012;
– Sangharash De Sau Vre, Co-authored, 2000.
– Vot Da hak, Co- Authored, 1997.
– Budh Dhillon, From English into Punjabi, 2002;
– Maluka, Co-Translated a novel from English into Punjabi, 1988.

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Martha Roth – Surrey Muse

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Martha Roth is a writer and editor of non-fiction and fiction. Born and raised in Chicago, Martha lived in Paris for a period as a teenager. Her essays, poems and stories have been published in Nugget, Western Humanities Review, Esquire, Harper’s and North Stone Review among others.

She has published a novel Goodness (1996) and founded and edited a feminist quarterly called Hurricane Alice. She also co-edited a couple of important collections on contemporary feminist issues including Mother Journeys: Feminists Write About Mothering (1993) and Transforming a Rape Culture (1994; 2005). Since moving to B.C. in 2005, she has published short pieces and worked as an associate editor and contributor to Outlook magazine. Martha finds inspiration in the younger generation of Canadians who will, she is confident, transform a post-Harper Canada into a better place through their decency and good sense.

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Jean Pierre Makosso – Surrey Muse

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Jean Pierre Makosso is a French-English bilingual author, poet, play writer, theatre actor, director, storyteller, comedian and a teacher of writing and performance. Born in the Republic of Congo, Jean Pierre was schooled in both traditional African and Western systems of education. He has lived in France, Switzerland and has resided in B.C. since 2001.

He has published, La voix du conteur (2009, short stories), Le cri du triangle (2010, poetry and prose), Human Works (2011, poetry), Il était une fois…ce jour-là (2013, novel) and ‘Love you yet again’, which featured in the African-Canadian poetry anthology, the Great Black North (2013). He wrote a storytelling documentary ‘Baobab, tell me a story’ and short stories called billets d’humeur for French television and French radio.

As an actor, Jean Pierre has performed with the company Punta-Négra (Congo), the Théâtre du corps (France), Théâtre Amiel (Switzerland), la Maison de poésie (Paris, France) and African Stages (Vancouver).

He starred as an extra in the film “Charlie St Cloud” and has written and directed plays for Canada World Youth. He is also the founder of Makosso Village, which performs and facilitates workshops in writing, storytelling and performance in schools, universities, libraries and festivals across Canada and internationally.

Makosso village: makossovillage.com/index.html

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Siobhan ‘Mama Says’ Barker – Surrey Muse

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Siobhan Barker is an African-Canadian author of fiction and non-fiction, a storyteller, a bilingual singer, a textile artist and a community activist.

Siobhan grew up in Ontario and lived in Quebec before moving to British Columbia. In Montreal, she wrote on books, performers and films for the bilingual magazine Image, Nation et Culture.  She is a storyteller of folklore, world issues and cultures and has spoken and performed in public talks including at the African-Canadian Writers Festival, where she presented “Reigning Words: Black Playwrights in BC Theatre” (published in issue 118 of Canadian Theatre Review). 

Siobhan has written engaging stories with the many “Anansi and Aesop” tales which look at creation tales, community living, and honouring resources – with lots of laughs along the way!

Her poems have been published in The Great Black North which was launched as part of the 2013 Black History Month. She has read her stories and poems at the “Word on the Street” with the Vancouver Society of Storytelling and at the first annual Hogan’s Alley Poetry Festival which was held in 2011 and which honoured the various poetic communities and traditions of Vancouver. She will be performing in a play at “Clean Sheets 2013” as part of the Queer Arts Festival.

Siobhan has also been a community activist in encouraging reading and the arts amongst children in the Vancouver area.  She organizes weekly workshops on multicultural stories, songs and plays for children at local community centres and neighbourhood houses and  storytelling shows with songs and participation of children.

Siobhan’s inspirations include community choirs in which she has sang in, Paul Robeson, Josephine Baker, Toronto poet D’Bi Young, and her father, Carlyle Barker, a poet in his own right.

Siobhan also crotchets hats and tuques sporting West African adrinka symbol influences and other designs, so, “put a hat on!”

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Lucia Monica Gorea – Surrey Muse

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Lucia Gorea is a poet, writer, an English teacher, a translator and a community builder. Her writings bring together all her experiences, providing a unique enrichment to the reader.

Lucia is the author of several books including Journey Through My Soul – a collection of love and mystical poems, Speak English for Success (Canadian and USA Editions), ESL Games and Classroom Activities, Welcome to America- A Practical Guide to Life Survival Skills! and Yukon, the Polar Bear (a children’s story that brings awareness about global warming and climate change). Her award-winning poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and literary magazines in Canada, the USA and Europe.

Lucia has won Canada’s Best 2013 WIN Canada Award. The ceremony will be held on March 23 at the 2nd Annual Literary Festival of Writers International Network Canada.

Lucia has just completed her first novel Dracula – Vlad the Impaler that will be published in the USA soon. And, at this time, she is translating poetry and fairy tales into English from other languages.

Lucia is the founder of Poetry Around the World – a multicultural, multilingual reading series in Vancouver. She is also one of the hosts of the World Poetry Café Radio Show on Co-op Radio, 100.5FM.

At the February 22nd Gathering of Surrey Muse, Lucia will present a selection from her prose.

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luciagorea@yahoo.ca
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