Lakshmi Gill – Surrey Muse

Lakshmi Gill is a poet and educator who has published extensively in Canadian and world literature. Her titles include ‘Returning the Empties’ (TSAR, Toronto 1998), ‘The Third Infinitive’ (TSAR, Toronto 1993), ‘Novena To St. Jude Thaddeus’ (Fiddlehead Press, Fredericton 1979), and ‘First Clearing’ (Estaniel Press, Manila 1972). She was one of the two women poets (along with Dorothy Livesay) who founded the League of Canadian Poets in 1966. Lakshmi has received numerous awards including First Prize in Poetry from Western Washington University in 1964 and Chancellor’s Prize in Education, B.Ed. Mt. Allison University in 1985. A Punjabi/Spanish-Filipina writer, Lakshmi lives in Delta BC, and she is a current member of The Writers’ Union of Canada.

More about Lakshmi
canlit.ca/canlit_authors/lakshmi-gill
Contact Lakshmi
lakshmigill@hotmail.com

At the June 23 gathering of Surrey Muse, Lakshmi will be our Featured Poet, and we are honored to have her. More about the event is below:
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Shehan Madawela – Painter

‘My work is inspired by my time in Africa and Sri Lanka, as well as by the light, textures and vibrant colors of India; it’s flora, fauna, the use and worship of stone and the concern for the environment.

‘Oils are my preferred medium, although sometimes I incorporate gold, silver and copper leaf in my paintings. These days I find myself working more with acrylic and water based paints. Being predominantly self-taught, I am free to experiment with different mediums and styles, though there is a common thread that runs through my paintings from series to series.’

Shehan Madawela’s art has been exhibited in Sri Lanka, India, England, New York, Malaysia, Switzerland, the Hague in Netherlands, and Bahrain. His work is in private collections in Sri Lanka and in other parts of the world.

Shehan was born and educated in Sri Lanka. He lived for four years in Australia, and eight in South Africa where he worked in various fields and ran a family business. But the world of business did not hold his interest for long, he returned to Sri Lanka and began to paint. Born into a family of artists, he had never given art ‘any serious thought until then‘.

As the creation of art took root in him, Shehan left for Kala Bhavan, the arts faculty at Shantiniketan in India, where he spent two years living and working. After, he moved to Bangalore and then Mysore. Hailing from a Buddhist Christian family, and having experienced some of the world, he flourished in India’s diverse and multi-cultural environment.

At present, Shehan lives and works in Sri Lanka.

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Art by Shehan Madawela
Features on the
June 2017 poster
of Surrey Muse

This particular painting was chosen
by Art director Mariam Zohra
from the following four paintings

#1

the prisoner of love
#2

the rice series
#3

vermilion summer
#4

Art Director was first drawn to #2 the prisoner of love;
but it could have offended Surrey Library’s
‘protect children from nudity’ ordinance.
She picked #3 the rice series
because it conveyed to her:
the stare of the three
the keepers of earth-blue
the stand of the three

A tough choice, indeed.
Thank you, Shehan Madawela, for letting us
feature this powerful painting on Surrey Muse poster.
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June 23 Gathering of Surrey Muse

61st Gathering

Author Taryn Hubbard
Poet Lakshmi Gill
Performer Mariam Zohra
Open Mic Opener Malik Mohamed
BookSigning Author Heidi Greco
Host Sonja Grgar
Featured Art by Shehan Madawela

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

Open Mic
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Free event
Donations welcome

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Surrey Muse Art Director Mariam Zohra has begun
a new poster series to showcase work of guest artists.
This month, our poster features art by
Shehan Madawela

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Sylvia Taylor – Surrey Muse

Sylvia Taylor is a writer, editor, and educator. She has published over 400 articles. Her first title The Fisher Queen: A Deckhand’s Tales of the BC Coast (Heritage House Publishing) was published in 2012, and now she’s launching this month another marine-themed non-fiction book, Beckoned by the Sea: Women at Work on the Cascadia Coast. Her prose and poetry have appeared in anthologies and magazines in Canada and the US, and her work was shortlisted for the CBC National Literary Awards. Sylvia worked as executive director and president of the Federation of BC Writers for thirteen years, she is a current director for the Arts Council of Surrey. She has edit-coached over 100 book manuscripts, and she consults with authors and entrepreneurs, and teaches writing & publishing-related skills.

Visit Sylvia’s web page
sylviataylor.ca
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words@sylviataylor.ca

At the May 26 gathering of Surrey Muse, Sylvia will be our BookSigning Author. More about the event is here: may-26-gathering-of-surrey-muse

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Katheren Szabo – Surrey Muse


Katheren Szabo is a poet, arts activist and a vibrant community organizer. Her poems have been published in over 20 poetry chapbooks and theme based ezines including We Are Newton, Hands & Heart, Bulbs & Beauty. She is a co-founder of Cedar Bark Poets, a presentation group that meets every month; and, a regular contributor to Friends of the Grove and The Plot in Newton, Surrey. Katheren began writing poetry as code, at 11 years of age, to keep her diary safe from her older siblings. ‘I have kept it all‘ she says, ‘and now have a large pile of dusty journals that hold my poetic life within. I am not a public poet and struggle to give voice to my words. We shall embark together on breaking the mute silence of my writing on May 26th at Surrey Muse Event. See you there!’

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katheren_szabo@yahoo.ca

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Yvette Dudley-Neuman – Surrey Muse


Yvette Dudley-Neuman is an actor, director, writer and producer who has facilitated over forty theater and film productions. She has performed in The F Words, Watermelon Girls & Vagina Monologues; TV/film credits include VAN HELSING, The Hollow Child, and Edna Brown. She has written two short films (Edna Brown, Laundry Day), twenty nine Historical Re-enactment scripts, and a full length play, Christmas Crackers. Her script, THE F WORDS won Honorable Mention in Theatre BC’s 2014 Playwriting Competition. Yvette did her BFA and B.Ed at the University of Calgary, studied with Keith Johnstone (Theatre Sports), and then spent a year travelling the world with the cast of Up with. She has performed for three years in Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding. At this time, Yvette is writing a play entitled Titillations, working at The Free Table web series, and, as a long form improviser, portraying psych patients for Psych Nursing students.

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TeresaKlein-Manolis-YvetteDudleyNeuman-PaulStacey with VirginiaGillespie at Word Arts LIVE! 28 May 2017

Join us for an exciting event featuring Author Teresa Klein, Poet Connor Doyle, Performer Yvette Dudley-Neuman, Open Mic Opener Paul Stacey with Host Virginia Gillespie at Alexandra Neighborhood House.

Teresa KleinTeresa Klein is a writer, dreamer and a community leader. Her investigative journey with her long-term dream group inspired the writing of a collaborative book relating the effects of their dream work on their lives. Her exploration prompted a pilgrimage that began in 2011. This pilgrimage re-set the definition of home to reach far beyond any set place and embraced a universal sense of family. Her encounters with life through this time deepened her relationship with earth-based wisdom and established a trusting relationship with her intuitive knowing. Her pilgrimage continues as she creates and becomes involved with overseeing a Community Garden/Medicine Wheel in Newton, an area of Surrey that has experienced trauma, with a visible presence of homelessness and substance abuse issues. Beginning its second growing season, despite its challenges it has become a centre for community engagement bridging generational, cultural and socio economic diversity to create a warm and welcoming space.
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Manolis was shortlisted for the Greek National Literary Awards. His articles, poems and short stories in both Greek and English have appeared in books, magazines and newspapers in Canada, United States, Sweden, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania, Australia, and Greece. His poetry has been translated into Spanish, Romanian, Swedish, Portuguese, German, Hungarian, Urdu and Punjabi. A Member of the League of Canadian Poets and the Federation of BC Writers, Manolis is a Literary Advisor to Surrey Muse; and, he has served as the Vice-President of Royal City Literary and Arts Society (RCLAS) in New Westminster. He was recently appointed an honorary instructor and fellow of the International Arts Academy, and awarded a Masters for the Arts in Literature. Manolis runs Libros Libertad, an unorthodox and independent publishing company, in White Rock BC.
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Yvette Dudley-NeumanYvette Dudley-Neuman is committed to exhibiting new and established works that encourage opportunities for Canadian artists to share and hone their talents. As an award winning Director and Producer, Yvette has facilitated over forty productions. Formally trained at the University of Calgary (B.F.A. & B.Ed.), Yvette studied with Keith Johnstone (Theatre Sports), and then spent a year travelling the world with the cast of Up with People. As a long form improviser Yvette currently portrays psych patients for Psych Nursing students, and she also enjoyed performing for three years in Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding. Her first passion is performing and selected credits include: The F Words, Watermelon Girls & Vagina Monologues.TV & film credits include: VAN HELSING, The Hollow Child, and Edna Brown. Yvette writes to channel her creative fervor between acting gigs. Writing Credits: two short films (Edna Brown, Laundry Day), twenty nine Historical Re-enactment scripts, and a full length play, Christmas Crackers. Her script, THE F WORDS won Honourable Mention in Theatre BC’s 2014 Playwriting Competition and it garnered FOUR STAR reviews. In the Edmonton and Vancouver Fringe Festivals along with THE FREE TABLE web series, Yvette is writing a play entitled Titillations.
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Paul StaceyPaul Stacey has just published a book titled ‘Made With Creative Commons’. Part analysis, part handbook, part collection of case studies, it is a guide to sharing knowledge and creativity with the world, and sustaining your operation while you do. Paul has lived in South Surrey / White Rock since 1991. Over his years here he has worked on developing and deploying air traffic control systems around the world, helped create what was originally the Technical University of BC now SFU Surrey, and he has helped find, and lead, open education and online learning initiatives for BC’s universities and colleges at BCcampus. Paul holds four degrees including an MEd in Adult Learning and Global Change. For the past 5 years Paul has been working for Creative Commons helping governments, organizations, and businesses around the world adopt open policy business models and practices. Paul is an advocate for the commons as a means of maximizing citizen participation in culture and creating a more equitable and sustainable economy.
pstacey@creativecommons.org

Virginia Gillespiesm-virginia-gilespie Virginia is a writer, arts advocate and the Artistic Director of VG PlayRoom, a multi-disciplinary arts incubator with a Word Studio to develop projects and events in the Verbal Arts. She is a co-founder, co-organizer and the host of Word Arts LIVE! series.
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Word-Arts LIVE!
Sunday May 28, 2017
4-6 pm, Media Room
Upstairs The Lodge
Alexandra Neighborhood House
2916 McBride Avenue, Surrey BC

Series co-founded and co-organized by Fauzia Rafique

Word-Arts LIVE! is a collaboration between Surrey Muse At Large (SMAL) and VG PlayRoom. We are grateful to the City of Surrey for the 2017 Cultural Project Grant for Word-Arts events, forums and training. Alexandra Neighbourhood House is home base and a strong supporter.

Surrey Muse At Large (SMAL) is a project of Surrey Muse.
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