Isabella Wang – Surrey Muse


Isabella Wang is a compelling writer and poet who is also playing a significant role in the development of her literary communities. Her debut poetry chapbook is forthcoming with Baseline Press in 2019, and at 18, she is a two-time finalist and the youngest writer shortlisted for The New Quarterly’s Edna Staebler Essay Contest. Her poetry has appeared in Room Magazine, The /tEmz/ Review, Train Journal, CV2, Canthius, Plenitude, and Looseleaf Magazine, and she holds a Pushcart Prize nomination for poetry. Isabella’s essays are published in carte blanche, Invisible Blog, and The New Quarterly. She is studying English and World Literature at SFU, and serving as the Youth Advocate for the Federation of B.C. Writers. As well, Isabella is working with Books on the Radio, co-ordinating the bi-monthly Dead Poets Reading Series, and interning at Room Magazine.

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@isabellawangbc
Contact Isabella
w.isa368@gmail.com

At the February 22 gathering of Surrey Muse, Isabella will begin the Open Mic session. More information about the event is here: february-22-2019-gathering

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Rob Taylor – Surrey Muse


Rob Taylor is a an award winning poet, a fiction writer and an editor who has published three collections of his poems and five poetry chapbooks. His writings have appeared in over fifty anthologies and periodicals. Rob’s book The News (Gaspereau Press, 2016) was a finalist for the 2017 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. In 2010, his manuscript for The Other Side of Ourselves won the Alfred G. Bailey Prize. Rob is the editor of What the Poets Are Doing: Canadian Poets in Conversation (Nightwood Editions, 2018) and guest editor of the 2019 edition of The Best Canadian Poetry in English (Biblioasis, 2019). As an emerging artist, he received the City of Vancouver’s Mayor’s Arts Award for the Literary Arts in 2015. Rob teaches creative writing online at Simon Fraser University, and he lives in Port Moody with his wife and son. For more information, find his web page link below.

Visit Rob’s website
roblucastaylor.com
Contact Rob
roblucastaylor@gmail.com

At the February 22 gathering of Surrey Muse, Rob Taylor will be the Featured Poet. More information about the event is here: february-22-2019-gathering

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February 22-2019 Gathering of Surrey Muse

79th Gathering


February 22, 2019
Author Wanda J. Kehewin
Poet Rob Taylor
Performer Enrico Renz
Open Mic Opener Isabella Wang
Featured Art by Eric Benier Burckel
Host Helga Parekh

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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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:
march-22-2019-gathering

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Wanda John-Kehewin – Surrey Muse

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Wanda John-Kehewin is a Cree poet and fiction writer. The first collection of her poetry In The Dog House was launched by Talonbooks in 2013. Wanda has been published in Quills Poetry, Salish Seas, UBC’s Aboriginal Anthology and SFU’s Emerge. She has presented her work at various venues including Co-op Radio, The Writer’s Union of Canada, Word Arts LIVE! and Surrey Muse. Wanda is a graduate of Simon Fraser University’s The Writers Studio (TWS), and she uses writing as a therapeutic medium ‘to understand and respond to the near decimation of First Nations culture, language and tradition’. Wanda studies part time at the UBC taking Creative Writing courses while working on her new book of poems and short stories.

More about Wanda
talonbooks.com/authors/wanda-john-kehewin
Contact Wanda
sweetgrasswriter@gmail.com

At the February 22 gathering of Surrey Muse, Wanda will be our Featured Author. More about the event: february-22-2019-gathering

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Enrico Renz – Surrey Muse

Enrico Renz is a delightful one-man band singing songs to interact with the audience so that he can challenge our values and inspire us to think outside our respective boxes. He plays guitar, bass, keyboards and drums, and he has performed at various literary and music events in Metro Vancouver. He has released a cd titled Skytrain as part of Secret Messengers. Enrico co-hosts a weekly Songwriters Open Mic with Lawren Nemeth and Lilija Valis in New Westminster. In his journey into music, he experienced a long period where he chose to withhold writing, composing and singing. Meanwhile, everything else was on the go including playing improvised music and chess(!) both entwined into the process of creating songs. Here’s what he says about this period and about his relationship to music:

‘I’ve just recently begun to perform my songs again after a twenty-five year hiatus. They’ve matured nicely. There are some new ones too. I like it when a song comes to me in such a way that I surprise myself. I see myself more as a song gardener than a song builder. The work lies in tending the song. It takes a lot of time and care and just being with the song to let it grow. Playing chess and playing improvised music for contact dancers are two other things I do passionately. Both these pastimes reflect on my approach to song writing. Chess is all about creativity. To be successful, you have to imagine possibilities one step further than your opponent. But chess is also about precision. A single over-looked pawn can render the most elaborate strategies meaningless. Coordinating the rhyme, rhythm, sense and mood of a song so that not a note or syllable seems awkward, feels a lot like dreaming up and pulling off a spectacular checkmating sequence. On the other hand, improvising with dancers is all about spontaneity. The music and the dance influence one another profoundly, but when the flow is perfect, there is no telling who is leading whom; the dance feels true. While my songwriting involves considerable crafting, I’m still reaching for that same flow and that same truth.’

Enrico’s country of origin is Switzerland, and he owns Italian and Swiss-German as mother languages. He lives and teaches in Burnaby.

Visit Enrico’s facebook page
facebook.com/enrico.renz.7
Contact Enrico
renzfam@shaw.ca

At the February 22 gathering of Surrey Muse, Enrico will be the Featured Performer. More information about the event is here: february-22-2019-gathering

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Surrey Muse gatherings take place
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