Matt Nagin – Surrey Muse

Matt Nagin is an author, poet and comedian who has published four books, acted in numerous film and TV projects, and performed standup in seven countries. He published his first humor book Do Not Feed The Clown (Tenth Street Press) in 2019. Earlier, his poem ‘If We Are Doomed’ won the 2018 Spirit First Editor’s Choice Award. He also appeared on the Amazon series Hunters in a scene with Al Pacino(!). Matt’s fiction has been published in Across The Margin, The Binnacle, and Void Magazine. One of his stories will be anthologized this summer in ‘Rabbit Hole: Weird Stories Volume 5’. Matt performed his one man show Woolly Mammoth Panic Attack at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival, while his short film, Inside Job, won several awards at festivals. Matt worked as a Talent and Show Coordinator for The Gotham Comedy Foundation, a charitable organization that brings comedians into hospitals and senior centers.

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

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Morgan – Surrey Muse

Morgan (ze/zim) is a Jewish non-binary writer, photographer and filmmaker born and raised on unceded mi’kmaq territory in Halifax NS. Ze started making films in high school, zirs first screening was at VIEWfinders International Festival for youth. Morgan went on to participate in Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative’s one minute film program, shooting and cutting on 16mm, and in 2012 became the OUTeast film festival’s Artists In Residence while working on a documentary about Halifax’s drag families. After earning a BA Honours in Anthropology and Gender Studies with a minor in Film from Dalhousie University ze moved to the Coast Salish territories (Vancouver) to pursue filmmaking. Morgan’s latest film ‘Enby’ has screened at Vancouver Queer Film Festival (VQFF), InsideOut Toronto, and it will make its international premiere at the Harvey Milk Festival. Morgan’s work explores intersecting identities through uncertainty, grief and dark humour. Ze is currently writing for PedalStreet and developing zir next project Inch by inch. 

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At the September 24, 2021 gathering of Surrey Muse, Morgan will be the Featured Performer. More about the event is here: friday-sept-24

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Queer Conversations – Surrey Muse

Queer Conversations is an initiative to create safe spaces for members of the LGBTQ+ communities world-wide to discuss various issues pertaining to life, and to share how situations and experiences may be different, and similar. At this time, this series is presented as part of Surrey Muse virtual gatherings but there is a strong possibility for it to come on its own as a vlog/blog and/or a virtual/IRL event. This first instalment is a 20-minute video titled ‘Queer Conversations (1) – Pakistan’ that was recorded in 2019 in Lahore by the Queer Feminist Documentary Collective, an online group created ‘to document queer participation in the Aurat (woman) March and look at young old queer mentorship’ and ‘how young queer folks are experiencing being queer and how they are relating to older queers.’ The discussion was organized and led by Sarah Suhail, a queer feminist and one of Pakistan’s Women Heroes for being a courageous activist to have nurtured her communities over years. Thank you, Sarah.

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At the July 23, 2021 gathering of Surrey Muse, Sarah Suhail will appear in Queer Conversations. More about the event is here: friday-july-23

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Maggie Tomaszewski – Surrey Muse

Maggie Tomaszewski is an actor, writer and media producer who insists on defining herself as a ‘writer who occasionally acts and directs’. She has made short comedic videos using multiple skills such as screenwriting, set design, wardrobe, direction, acting, and production. in addition, she’s ‘a friend to animals and yells at maskless people in stores’, and, she would ‘very much like to see the end of the white supremacist patriarchal capitalist military prison industrial entertainment complex in her lifetime.’

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At the February 26 gathering of Surrey Muse, Maggie will be the Featured Open Mic Presenter. More about the event is here: february-26-2021

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City of Surrey recognizes Surrey Muse Coordinator & Cofounder for excellence in Literary Arts

Fauzia Rafique, the coordinator and a cofounder of Surrey Muse Arts Society (SMAS), has received the City of Surrey’s Arts & Heritage Literary Arts Award in recognition of her work in the areas of creative writing and arts organizing. View the document containing the following information, and a complete list of award recipients. CivicDistinctionAwardRecipients.pdf

Fauzia’s statement

‘It is an honour for me to be selected for the City of Surrey’s Arts & Heritage Literary Arts Award.

‘Working for Surrey Muse Arts Society, a non-profit mandated to encourage inclusivity, representation, voice and equality in the arts community, forms a direct organic link to my writing practice as my novels and poems explore similar themes. It works well together, my creative writing process is more instinctive while organizing efforts use intellectual and cerebral energy.

‘I receive this award on behalf of over 300 authors and artists who have graced us since November 2011; Literary Advisers Joanne Arnott, Manolis Aligizakis, Nefertiti SheLa Morrison; Volunteers Helga Parekh, David Macilwain, and, of course, Surrey Muse co-Founders and Directors Mariam Zohra D, Sana Janjua, Randeep Purewall, and myself.

‘Our gratitude to Susan Crean and Jordan Strom for their ongoing support, and, to our peers at Surrey Libraries, Surrey Art Gallery and the City’s Cultural Grants section.’

Surrey Muse Arts Society (SMAS) congratulates all award recipients.


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