Janis Harper – Surrey Muse

Janis Harper is a writer, singer-songwriter, actor, and former long-time college-university English instructor. In later life, she shed academia and became an expressive arts therapist. Her writings can be found in literary journals and anthologies, including her own creative nonfiction anthologies ‘Body Breakdowns: Tales of Illness and Recovery’ (Anvil 2007) and ‘Emails From India: Women Write Home’ (Seraphim 2013). She is currently seeking a publisher for her poetry collection, ‘Sounding Socrates’. Music from her 2015 CD Better This Way can be streamed or purchased anywhere online. Janis’s lifelong passions for the creative arts, metaphysics, spirituality, and philosophy come together in her recent book, ‘Jonas and the Mountain: A Metaphysical Love Story’ (Sacred Stories 2021). Although it’s a novel, it’s also semi-autobiographical, and contains metaphysical teachings as well as expressive arts therapy elements and activities. Janis has presented her work in Canada, the US, and India, and she recently moved from Vancouver to Nanaimo, BC.

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At the September 23, 2022 gathering of Surrey Muse, Janis will be the Featured Author. More about the event is here: friday-september-23

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Angus Pratt – Surrey Muse

Angus Pratt is a poet, essayist, health activist, and a transplanted Scot who is grateful to be living on the unceded territory of the Tsawwassen, Semiahmoo, Katzie, Kwantlen. At thirteen, he won a Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation contest with an essay on pond life. During time living in northern Saskatchewan, the Wild Rice Writers group supported his venture into poetry. After his diagnosis with lung cancer and male breast cancer he resumed writing. Now he crafts his poetry, medical naratives, and a blog documenting his cancer journey. His digital stories have been showcased several times at the Wellspring Digital Story Festival based in Calgary.

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At the August 26, 2022 gathering of Surrey Muse, Angus will be the Emerging Writer. More about the event is here: friday-august-26

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Josephine LoRe – Surrey Muse

Josehine LoRe is a poet, photographer and writer who has published two collections of her work, a Calgary Herald Bestseller, The Cowichan Series, and, Unity. For her first collection of poetry, Josephine received the Norma Epstein Prize for Creative Writing while in her third year at University College (UofT). Her poem ‘The Tea Set’ was shortlisted for the 2019 Room Poetry Prize. Josephine is a member of The League of Canadian Poets and the Writers’ Guild of Alberta, among others. Her words have been read on stage and in global zoom-rooms, put to music, danced, integrated into visual art, and published in eleven countries and four languages. She has taught classes in creative writing for the Alexandra Writers’ Center Society and the Wine Country Writers’ Festival. Josephine writes in English, French and Italian.

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josephinelia62@gmail.com

At the August 26, 2022 gathering of Surrey Muse, Josephine will be the Featured Poet. More about the event is here: friday-august-26

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Jessica Lee McMillan – Surrey Muse

Jessica Lee McMillan (she/her) is a poet, educator and civil servant. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Train Poetry JournalPinhole Poetry, Gap Riot PressAntilang, Blank SpacesPocket Lint (gnurr), Red Alder Review, Dream Pop Journal, SORTES, Lover’s Eye Press, Willows Wept Review and others. She is completing her first chapbook. Jessica is ever grateful for local artist’s organizations like Surrey Muse for elevating the arts and supporting the community. She is a member of the Royal City Literary Arts Society and associate member of The League of Canadian Poets. Recently, she won first place for poetry in the 2022 RCLAS Write On! Contest. She has read her work for audiences in BC and the US, including Poetry in the Park, Surrey Muse and the BC Federation of Writers Regional Spotlight. A first generation Canadian, Jessica is a settler who lives in New Westminster, British Columbia on stolen and unsurrendered lands of the QayQayt First Nation.

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At the July 22, 2022 gathering of Surrey Muse, Jessica will present as the Emerging Poet. More about the event is here: friday-July-22

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Elizabeth Armerding – Surrey Muse

Elizabeth Armerding is a writer and poet who discovered a love for poetry at a beginners writing class in Metro Vancouver. Her first sestina ‘Country Song’ was shortlisted for the 2016 Magpie poetry award, and it was published in Pulp Literature. Going on to study at the Writers Studio at Simon Fraser University, she found her voice in creative non-fiction storytelling. Elizabeth’s interests include old buildings, old wounds, and the cat Princess Columbia. 

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At the June 25, 2021 gathering of Surrey Muse, Elizabeth Armerding will begin the Open Mic session with her poems. More about the event is here: friday-june-25/

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