Shazia Hafiz Ramji – Surrey Muse

Shazia Hafiz Ramji is a poet, novelist and editor who won the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry for her first book ‘Port of Being’ in 2017, and the book is now being launched by Invisible Publishing. Her chapbook, ‘Prosopopoeia’ was published by Anstruther Press in 2017, and her poetry, fiction, and non-fiction have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Best Canadian Poetry 2018, The Humber Literary Review, and Quill & Quire. Shazia is an editor for Metatron Press, Canadian Women in the Literary Arts, and she serves as a publishing consultant, board member, and editor for various journals and organizations across Canada. She will be appearing at the Vancouver Writers Festival, and giving a writing workshop and editorial consult at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference. Earlier this year, Shazia founded the Intersections Reading Group, a series dedicated to discussing race, gender, and class in writing and in life. She lives in East Vancouver where she is working on a second book of poems and a novel.

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shaziahafizramji@gmail.com

At the September 28 gathering of Surrey Muse, Shazia will be the Booksigning Author. More information about the event is here:
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Wil George – Surrey Muse

Wil George is a poet and storyteller from Tsleil-Waututh Nation of Coast Salish. His poetry book ‘Survival In Its Many Shapes’ was published by UNIT-PITT Projects in 2011 while the book launch was accompanied by a video, and a radio program that broadcast the readings presented at the event. Wil received Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for Literary Arts in 2017. His poems have appeared in various literary publications including Ricepaper Magazine, and ‘Salish Seas: an anthology of text + image‘ published by Aboriginal Writers West Coast in 2011. Wil’s poetry ‘focuses on water-bodies (inlets, rivers, oceans, etc.) and the land (mountains, forests, shore-lines, etc.) He also uses Wolf and Raven from traditional Salish stories in contemporary settings and to address contemporary issues.’

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At the September 28 gathering of Surrey Muse, Wil George will be the Featured Poet. More information about the event is here:
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Saroop Soofi – Surrey Muse


Saroop Soofi is a visual artist, researcher and an art educationist born in Lahore, Pakistan. She has exhibited her work in solo and group shows in Canada and Pakistan, and she has received awards and distinctions for it. Saroop completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honors (sculpture) from Lahore’s National College of Arts (NCA) in 2009. She has done research on identity politics, feminist and postcolonial theory, and she has graduated from the University of British Columbia (UBC) on the unceded Musqueam territory with a MFA in 2017. She has five years of experience teaching Visual Arts, Art History and Contemporary Sculpture at UBC, NCA and Kinnard College for women in Lahore. Saroop has also worked as a lead actor in long plays for A Plus Television Channel, and with Madeeha Gohar at Ajoka Theatre in Pakistan. Saroop carries out her art practice from her studio in Burnaby, and she works part time for Dhahan Prize for Punjabi literature.

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At the September 28 gathering of Surrey Muse, Saroop will begin the Open Mic Session. More information about the event is here:
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Endangered Species – Surrey Muse

Endangered Species is a rap group that has performed shows in Santa Barbara, Isla Vista, Goleta, and Los Angeles. We interviewed Rapper/Poet/Professor Jovian Radheshwar who collaborated as MC Bitter Buffalo with Bobby Musgrave (Pensive Blue Polar Bear) and Ed Keenan (DJ California Condor) in exploring the endangered nature of existence in a technologized modern world for the album ‘No Hooks’ (2012). Having grown up listening to rap during an increasingly racialized America in the mid-1990s, Jovian finds rap to be a powerful medium for making a statement both personal and political. His poetry explores life, politics, history, difference, drugs, science, knowledge, and the globalization of race. Jovian was born in Bombay and raised in New York, later he taught Black Studies, Global Studies, and Political Science in California for over ten years. His music inspirations include Outkast, Nas and Pink Floyd where Hunter S. Thompson, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Frantz Fanon are among his literary influences. Jovian lives in Burnaby and works as a professor of Political Science at Douglas College in New Westminster.

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jovian.radheshwar@protonmail.com

At the September 28 gathering of Surrey Muse, Jovian will be the Featured Performer. More information about the event is here:
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September 28-2018 Gathering of Surrey Muse

75th Gathering

September 28, 2018
Author Malcolm van Delst
Poet Wil George
Performer Endangered Species
Open Mic Opener Saroop Soofi
Booksigning Author Shazia Hafiz Ramji
Featured Art by Christi Belcourt
Host David Macilwain

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

Open Mic
Book Table
Refreshments

Free event
Donations welcome

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Featured Art by Christi Belcourt – ‘New Beginnings’

New Beginnings
Acrylic on Canvas, 48″ x 72″
By Christi Belcourt & Isaac Murdoch

‘The strawberry has always been a symbol of life and happiness for the Ojibway. For many, its called the ‘Heart Berry’ and is a huge part in the Anishinabek Burial Rites. They say that the Milky Way is a path that leads to a New Beginning after we pass away.

‘On this path, it is said a huge Strawberry will be seen on the second day of this journey. This is where we will see fully that Birth, Life, Death and Rebirth are all interconnected and all the same. Time doesn’t exist there… Only life.

‘By praying to the Strawberry we send our petitions into all living things that surround us.’

Commisioned by the Wabano Center, Ottawa

The painting features on
August 2018 poster of Surrey Muse.


Poster designed by Surrey Muse art director Mariam Zohra.

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belcourtart@hotmail.com
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Mandeep Wirk – Surrey Muse

Mandeep Wirk is a writer and social activist who also works as a visual artist, photographer and educator. Her writings have appeared in various publications in Lowermainland including the new anthology ‘Sustenance: Writers from BC and Beyond on the Subject of Food‘. The founder of Facebook Page: Art and Culture in Surrey, Mandeep feels that it is important for her to voice her thoughts, ideas, and feelings to challenge social issues such as racism to help foster human rights for everyone including women. She says: ‘By sharing our views with each other, hopefully we can arrive at some solutions to make this a better world for everyone to thrive in.‘ Mandeep was born in Kenya and as a child she immigrated with her family to England. Then in 1972, the year that multiculturalism became official policy in Canada and the doors of immigration opened up to people of color, she immigrated again with her family settling in British Columbia. At this time, Mandeep is working on a book of non-fiction which is ‘a memoir of sorts’, and she is busy creating a set of new paintings.

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Contact Mandeep
wirkmandy@icloud.com

At the August 24 gathering of Surrey Muse, Mandeep will begin the Open Mic Session. More information about the event is here:
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