April 22-2016 Gathering of Surrey Muse

48th Gathering
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April 22, 2016
Author Jennifer Manuel
Poet Renee Saklikar, Poet Laureate, Surrey
Performer Pasi Gunguwo
Open Mic Opener Helga Parekh
BookSigning Author Winona Linn
Host Sonja Grgar

Room 418 – City Centre branch
Surrey Public Library
Phone: (604) 598-7420
(Surrey Central skytrain)

Book Table
Refreshments
Free event
Donations welcome

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Helga Parekh – Surrey Muse

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Helga Parekh is a writer, artist, sculptor, potter, and a performer. She published a self-made chapbook of her poem ‘Learning from the Timeless Beauty Of a Tulip‘ in 2016. She won first prize from the Arts Council of Surrey for Christmas Card Verse competition in 2018. Her poetry has appeared in various publications including Saving Seeds (New West Writers, 2014), and her poems were the finalists in the Burnaby Writers Society annual writing contest in 2012. She has illustrated a children’s book ‘Ramya’s Stars‘ by Mala Ashok. It was published by Pratham Books, a not-for-profit organization in India, in multiple Indian languages to promote reading among children. It is available in Hindi and English at the Surrey Libraries. In 2017, Helga completed the Southbank Writer’s Course at the SFU Surrey. She was a member of New West Writers, a member and sometimes facilitator of Renaissance Book Writers, and she was the Group Facilitator of Surrey Muse Writers. Helga is a supporting member of Surrey Muse since 2012. At this time, she is working on another book of poems that also may contain her illustrative art.

Contact Helga
helgaparekh@yahoo.com

At the March 22 gathering of Surrey Muse, Helga will begin the Open Mic session. More information about the event is here:
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Surrey Muse gatherings take place
on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Katzie,
Kwantlen, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

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Renée Sarojini Saklikar – Surrey Muse

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Renée Sarojini Saklikar is a poet, author and mentor who also is the first Poet Laureate of the City of Surrey. Trained as a Lawyer at the University of British Columbia, she has a degree in English Literature, and graduation from Simon Fraser University’s The Writers Studio. Her book ‘Children of Air India‘ is the winner of the 2014 Canadian Authors Association Award for poetry, and, a finalist for the 2014 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Award.

Renée’s major work is an ongoing contemplation titled thecanadaproject, ‘a life-long poem chronicle that includes poetry, fiction, and essays.’ She has published some work from it in various journals and anthologies including the Literary Review of Canada, The Vancouver Review, Geist, Arc Poetry Magazine. The first book from the project,’Children of Air India, un/authorized exhibits and interjections’ (Nightwood Editions 2013) is a collection of poems about the bombing of Air India Flight 182 that was ‘Canada’s worst act of aviation terror’. It is available from Nightwood Editions at:
harbourpublishing.com/title/childrenofairindia

Renée is a mentor and instructor for SFU’s writing and publishing program where she has co-founded Lunch Poems at SFU, a new poetry reading series. She also serves as an advocate on the national council of The Writer’s Union of Canada.

Visit Renée’s web page
thecanadaproject.wordpress.com
Contact her at
rsaklikar@shaw.ca

At the April 22 gathering of Surrey Muse, Renée will read a selection of her poems. Click below for more information about the event:
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Sonja Grgar – Surrey Muse

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Sonja Grgar is a freelance journalist and creative writer with a passion for complexity. She has been featured in a number of poetry and prose anthologies including Family Ties Anthology (Hidden Brook Press 2014). Sonja is the recipient of the 2014 Writers International Network Canada Literary Ambassador Award. Her writings have appeared in the Globe and Mail, and were broadcast on CFRC 101.9 FM Radio (Kingston, ON) and on Vancouver’s Co-Op radio. She has created several magazine style television stories and documentaries for Shaw TV, and has served as a co-host for several of the station’s programs. Her mini documentary on the first Vancouver Cuban Music Festival was aired on Shaw TV. Sonja has been a featured reader and performer at a number of local groups including Poetic Justice and Surrey Muse, and she was ‘proud to serve on the latter’s organizing collective as a Media Coordinator‘. Sonja also co-facilitated Surrey Muse Writers, a drop-in critique group. When she is not writing, Sonja can be found salsa dancing or waxing poetic about Cuba.

More on Sonja
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View Sonja’s Surrey Muse event reports
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Contact Sonja Grgar
sonja.grgar@gmail.com

At the October 26 gathering of Surrey Muse, Sonja will be the Host. More on the event is here:
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Surrey Muse gatherings take place
on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Katzie,
Kwantlen, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

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