T’uy’t’tanat-Cease Wyss – Surrey Muse

T’uy’t’tanat-Cease is an interdisciplinary artist who works with new media, is an ethnobotanist and more recently has returned to her textiles art practice through learning Coast Salish weaving techniques. Building on this ancient technology Cease will be embarking on a high tech project through Emily Carr College of Art and Design on Loretta Todd’s IM4: Indigenous Matriarchs 4 [as in the Sacred 4 directions] and will be building Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality worlds. Cease has been named the 2018 Indigenous Storyteller in Residence at the Vancouver Public Library and will be found at various libraries and community spaces from March til June. Her upcoming collaboration with Dene Artist Anne Riley Public Art project, ‘A Constellation of Remediation’ will be focused on Remediation of former gas station sites throughout Vancouver from now until 2019. She is a member of the Aboriginal Writers Collective West Coast and lives in East Vancouver. She is a beekeeper and community engaged gardener.

More about Cease is here
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Contact Cease
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Skype: ceasefire66

At the March 23 gathering of Surrey Muse, Cease will be the Featured Performer. More information about the event is here:
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Michelle Sylliboy – Surrey Muse

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Having worked in various capacities related to art, activism and education,  Michelle Sylliboy considers poetry to be her first love. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Sylliboy is a Mi’kmaq artist  who was raised in her traditional Mi’kmaq territory We’koqmaq First Nation, Cape Breton.  Her first book manuscript,  edited by Chrystos, will be welcomed shortly in the world of poetry.

With a Bachelors of Arts degree from Emily Carr and a Masters degree in Education from SFU, Sylliboy has taught  “Indigenous art theory and sculpture” to a wide range of students from kindergarten to post-secondary. Her educational pursuits are aimed at creating dialogues to occur and in creating a change in people, which also goes to show her commitment as an activist.

Similarly, her artistic temperament has benefited the community a lot, as she helped the emerging and professional poets and visual artists with the work she did with the West Coast Aboriginal Writers Collective in Vancouver B.C. She helped raise opportunities of self publishing and launching “Salish Seas: An anthology of text + image” for which she also then helped arrange a successful exhibition at Gastown’s Gallery Gachet in Vancouver. Engaged in the community, she believes in sharing knowledge with other people.

When Sylliboy is beside herself, she likes to enjoy listening to Jazz and be inspired at a moment’s notice. You can personally visit her blogspot to see more of her at: michellesylliboy.blogspot.ca/

At Surrey Muse, we look forward to have Michelle share with us her upcoming poetry, and the new visual arts project.

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Joanne Arnott – Surrey Muse

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Joanne Arnott is a Métis/mixed-blood author, poet and arts activist who has published over ten books of poetry and prose. Her first book of poetry, Wiles of Girlhood (Press Gang) won the League of Canadian Poets’ Gerald Lampert Award in 1992. Her latest title is Halfling Spring: an internet romance with illustrations by Leo Yerxa (Kegedonce Press 2014). Her essays and poetry has appeared in numerous anthologies. She is the Poetry Editor for EVENT Magazine, and a founding member of the Aboriginal Writers Collective West Coast.

Joanne’s titles include a collection of short nonfiction Breasting the Waves: On Writing & Healing (Press Gang 1995), a children’s illustrated book Ma MacDonald with illustrations by Mary Anne Barkhouse (Women’s Press 1993), My Grass Cradle (Press Gang 1993), Steepy Mountain love poetry (Kegedonce Press 2004), Mother Time: Poems New & Selected (Ronsdale Press 2007). And two chapbooks, Longing: four poems on diverse matters (2008), the Family of Crow (Leaf Press 2012), and A Night for the Lady (Ronsdale Press, 2013).

Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies including Uncommon Wealth, Native Poetry in Canada, Native Literature in English, How the Light Gets In (Ireland), Without Reservation, Double Lives, and Manitowapow. Her work is featured in two forthcoming collections, ‘Indigenous Poetics’ edited by Neal MacLeod, and an anthology of women poets of BC, edited by Susan Musgrave.

As editor, Joanne guest-edited Emerge 2010 (SFU/The Writers Studio), and text-edited Salish Seas: an anthology of text + image (AWCWC 2011).

A founding member of the Aboriginal Writers Collective West Coast, past volunteer on The Writers Union of Canada’s National Council, and current volunteer on The Writers Trust Author’s Committee, Joanne hosts two blogs, Vera Manuel Tribute and Joanne Arnott, and is an occasional contributor to Kegedonce Author’s blog. In recent years she has organized and co-organized a number of literary, storytelling, and poetry-specific events in BC, bringing together the two streams of her passionate interest, literature and activism. Her travels have taken her to most regions of Canada— not yet to Newfoundland/Labrador nor yet to the Yukon Territories— and to Taiwan, New Zealand, Australia, and the USA.

Joanne has performed readings of her work, participated in panels, given talks and writing workshops across much of Canada, primarily BC to Ontario, and in Australia. She facilitated Unlearning Racism workshops for a number of years, and peer counselling approaches/social justice perspectives continue to inform her work.

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At the July 22 meeting of Surrey Muse, Joanne will present a selection of her poems. More about the event is here:
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