Shazia Hafiz Ramji – Surrey Muse

Shazia Hafiz Ramji is a poet, fiction writer and editor who won the 2021 Poetry and Prose prize hosted by Southern Alberta Art Gallery (SAAG). She is a finalist for the 2021 National Magazine Awards, and her writing has been shortlisted for the 2020 Bridport Prize for International Creative Writing (UK), and it has been nominated for the 2020 Pushcart Prizes. Shazia’s first book of poems, Port of Being, received the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry, was named by the CBC as a best Canadian book of poetry, and was shortlisted in 2019 for several awards including the City of Vancouver Book Award and the British Columbia and Yukon Book Prizes. Shazia grew up in Kenya, England, and the UAE, and moved with her family to Vancouver, BC, at the age of fifteen. She now lives between Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto, where she is at work on a novel and a second book of poems about faith, addiction, and her South Asian, Iranian, and Irish ancestry. As an editor, she is currently accepting submissions for Ahvaz, a chapbook anthology of poems by South Asian-Canadian poets.

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At the August 27 gathering of Surrey Muse, Shazia Hafiz Ramji will be the Featured Author. More information about the event is here: august-27-gathering

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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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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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