The 13th Virtual Gathering of Surrey Muse – Friday April 23 / 2021

103rd Gathering

 

Featured Guests
Author Fauzia Rafique
Poet Tariq Malik
Filmmaker Arlene Bowman
Open Mic Opener Barbara Carter
Featured Art by Ithell Colquhoun
Host Mariam Zohra

LIVE Watch Party
Friday, April 23, 2021
5:30 -7:00 PM (PT)
Join us on YouTube
Surrey Muse Channel on YouTube

Open Mic submissions
Submission guidelines
Send 3-5 minute video/audio recordings via email by April 15th

Free event
Donations welcome

View previous program videos at
Surrey Muse YouTube channel

Updates will be posted here
Program
Videos will be posted here
surreymuse.wordpress.com/virtual

More about the gatherings
Gatherings

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Women Who Named the Unnamed

Contact
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Surrey Muse gatherings take place
on the unceded Coast Salish territories of
the Semiahmoo, Katzie, Kwikwetlem, Kwantlen,
Qayqayt, Tsawwassen, Musqueam,
Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

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A Surrey Muse Featured Artist? You are Amazing!

‘Rainbow Lily’ by Ecaterina Leonte, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States.
Finalist, IGPOTY Award 2020.
My Modern Met

Yes, you absolutely are!
Because of you, our first ever fundraising campaign achieved its goal of reaching over $2000 in 20 days- and, at the very first step.

This campaign that began on January 5, 2021, was to begin in the Spring of 2020 but it was almost ‘forgotten’ as we all re-positioned ourselves to respond to COVID by mid-March. Surrey Muse, with its featured guests for January-June 2020 session, took a sudden leap from the real life gatherings to virtual. As we know, this learning curve was the least of the problems presented by the year 2020 yet it was a continuity within a disruptive event that we began to experience together as a community of writers and artists, and we still are.

Surrey Muse virtual gatherings are video driven where each month a 1.5 hour program video is created from the video submissions provided by that month’s featured author, poet, artist/performer, an across-genre Open Mic Opener, and 3-5 open mic presentations. This reliance on videos brought forth accessibility issues, and during an email conversation with Dorothy Ellen Palmer, Disabled Writer and Activist, it became apparent that we needed to take steps to make our virtual gatherings more accessible. Dorothy pointed us to Closed Captioning (cc) Surrey Muse videos as a starting point. This was an important step that we could not accomplish without financial support.

We began working on our campaign in December 2020 with Fundraising Coordinator and Social Media Lead Vila Skyspeaks, and the goal to raise $1500-$2000. Since just-after-Christmas-and-New-Year is not exactly the best time of the year to seek donations, and, Surrey Muse Featured Artists are not a group of corporate executives or the most affluent community of artists in North America, we planned a two-step process: make requests from featured guests and close supporters, and then do a go-fund-me. From January 5 to January 25, we received over $2000 in donations ranging from $10-$600. We are elated because not only that this assures a solid start to the new year, the money came with passionate support. View our amazing benefactors here:
surreymuse.wordpress.com/donate

We are grateful to those who sent donations, those who shared information with others, and those who wished us well.

Thank you.
Randeep Purewall, Fauzia Rafique, Vila Skyspeaks, Mariam Zohra

Surrey Muse Program – January-June 2021

‘Ohow – The Owl’ by Aaron Paquette

Session 19
January-June 2021

Jan 22
Author Liam Wallinger
Poet Fiona Tinwei Lam
Performer Celeste Snowber
Open Mic Opener Catherine Lewis
Host Jovian Radheshwar

Feb 26
Author Katherine Fawcett
Poet Heidi Greco
Performer Her Ra
Open Mic Opener Maggie Tomaszewski
Host Mariam Zohra

March 26
Author Darcie Friesen Hossack
Poet Larissa Lai
Performer Mariam Zohra
Open Mic Opener Waking Dream
Host Jovian Radheshwar

April 23
Author Dorothy Ellen Palmer
Poet TBA
Filmmaker Arlene Bowman
Open Mic Opener Barbara Carter
Host Mariam Zohra

May 28
Author Aislinn Hunter
Poet Juliane Okot Bitek
Performer Samya Arif
Open Mic Opener Deborah Vieyras
Host Jovian Radheshwar

June 25
Author Mohammad Hanif
Poet Cecily Nicholson
Performer Metro Nomad
Open Mic Opener Elizabeth Amerding
Host Mariam Zohra

View the information below to
participate in each gathering’s Open Mic Session.
call-for-submissions-surrey-muse-open-mic

Updates to this program
Will be posted below
Program

Surrey Muse program is put together twice a year, in Nov/Dec for January-June session, and in May/June for July-November session. Dates are chosen by the participants through an invitation. Participants are invited from a recommendations list that stays open throughout the year. To recommend authors, poets and artist/performers to be featured at Surrey Muse, use the email address at the bottom of this post or try the online recommendations form.

More about the gatherings
Gatherings
Virtual Gatherings

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Subscribe to YouTube channel
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Support our Projects
Surrey Muse At Large (SMAL)
Surrey Muse Writers
Women Who Named the Unnamed

Contact
surrey.muse@gmail.com

Surrey Muse gatherings take place
on the unceded Coast Salish territories of
the Semiahmoo, Katzie, Kwikwetlem, Kwantlen,
Qayqayt, Tsawwassen, Musqueam,
Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

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