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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Call for Submissions – Surrey Muse Open Mic

‘The Explorers’ by Aaron Pacquette

Surrey Muse went digital in March 2020, and with it, the reach of our cross-genre Open Mic session has widened. We welcome this development by inviting submissions from anywhere in the world.

Guidelines
Send : An original audio or video recording of your own creative work (poems, stories, memoir, nonfiction, songs, skits, dance, art works, any form of art).
Duration : 3-5 minutes
Dateline : Before the Third Friday of each Month
Also : Add your name, web page, and title of your work/s to your email message.
How : Attach your audio or video file to your email message with Subject Line ‘Open Mic Submission: Month/Year’ (‘Nov/2020’), and send it to the two email addresses below:
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Surrey Muse gatherings take place on the Fourth Friday of each month except December. View earlier programs:
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Surrey Muse uses English as its primary language. If you express your art in another language, you are welcome to present the original followed by its English translation.

Surrey Muse Arts Society (SMAS) is mandated to inclusivity and equality. Your work must not contain prejudice based on race, ethnicity, social or economic status, gender, disability, sexuality, religion, or any other similarly abusive category.
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Each gathering features four guest presenters, an author, a poet, an artist/performer, and an open Mic Opener (across genre). Your presentation will be a part of the Open Mic Session that happens at the end of the program. More about the gatherings:
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The curated videos are housed at YouTube from where they are shared to Surrey Muse Web page, Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms. View Program Videos, and SUBSCRIBE to our channel:
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At this time, we do not offer honorarium for Open Mic presentations.

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Gunargie O’Sullivan – Surrey Muse

Gunargie Co hosts with Hereditary Chief Bill Wilson on Access TV

Gunargie O’Sullivan is a radio host, media producer, actress, and an arts organizer who was chosen in 2018 as the Radio Legend by National Campus and Community Radio Association (NCRA). In 2015, Gunargie taught at the first Women’s Media Camp in Denman Island and Comox BC, where she also hosted a two-hour live national broadcast from the Walking With Our Sisters exhibit presented by the K’omoks band. She also developed a national radio series called Resonating Reconciliation for Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission that resulted in 26 half-hour documentaries airing nationally on stations across the country. Gunargie envisioned and produced Red Jam Slam to raise the profile of aboriginal music in Canada through live performances and live local and national broadcasts. Serving on the CFRO Board she produced both news and artistic videos for community access television and other outlets. Gunargie paints, writes, and she is Mom to Nimkish Young Ing and Aisha O’Sullivan, and wife to Gary Olver.

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At the September 25 gathering of Surrey Muse, Gunargie will be the Featured Performer. More on the event is here: september-25-2020

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