Alix Ohlin – Surrey Muse

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Alix Ohlin is a novelist, short story writer, educator and mentor who has published five books including two novels, the DUAL CITIZENS (2019) and INSIDE (2012), that were short listed for both the Giller Prize and the Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Prize. Her work has appeared in various publications such as the Best American Short Stories, Best New American Voices, and The New Yorker. Alix has taught creative writing and literature at McGill University, Lafayette College, Warren Wilson College, and at the New York State Summer Writers Institute. She graduated from Harvard University with an English and American Literature and Language degree in 1992, and then earned a masters in writing from the Michener Center for Writers in Texas in 2001. Alix now lives in Vancouver where she is the Chair of UBC’s creative writing program since 2018.

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At the August 28 gathering of Surrey Muse, Alix will be the Featured Author. More on the event is here: august-28-2020.

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Irfan Malik – Surrey Muse


Irfan Malik is a South Asian American poet who contemplates the delicate nuances of inner life as it expresses itself when experiencing the limits placed by structured environments. He has published four collections of Punjabi poetry, the most recent being ‘Dooji Aurat” (The Other Woman). His current projects include translation in Punjabi of Federico García Lorca (1898-1936) in collaboration with a Spanish writer.

Irfan writes poetry and prose in Punjabi, Swedish, English and Urdu.

His second love is theatre, and to nurture it, he has founded South Asian American Theatre (SAATH) at Harvard University. He has directed many stage plays including Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues.

At this time, he is visiting Vancouver from Boston to share his work.

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At the September 25 gathering of Surrey Muse, Irfan will present his Punjabi poems with English translations. More about the event is here:

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