Surrey Muse Program January-June 2019

‘New Beginnings’ by Christi Belcourt & Isaac Murdoch
(Acrylic on Canvas, 48″ x 72″)
Featured on Surrey Muse poster for August 2018

Session 15
January-June 2019

Jan 25
Author Malcolm Van Delst
Poet Craig Wilson Ruttle
Visual Artist Shahid Mirza (via Skype)
Open Mic Opener Veeno Dewan
Host David Macilwain

Feb 22
Author Wanda J. Kehewin
Poet Rob Taylor
Performer Enrico Renz
Open Mic Opener Isabella Wang
Host Helga Parekh

March 22
Author Cathleen With
Poet Manolis
Performer Roger O’witz (via Skype)
Open Mic Opener Helga Parekh
Host Fauzia Rafique

Apr 26
Author John Michael Koffi
Poet Raoul Fernandez
Performer Mariam Zohra
Open Mic Opener Karen Schauber
Host Sana Janjua

May 24
Author Rahat Kurd
Poet Kevin Spenst
Performer Jovian Radheshwar
Open Mic Opener TBA
Host Mariam Zohra

June 28
Author Shashi Bhat
Poet Lozan Yamolky
Performer Saroop Soofi
Open Mic Opener Val Parks
Host Randeep Purewall

Updates to this program
Will be posted below

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 blind-picked by participants through an invitation. Participants are invited from a recommendations list that stays open throughout the year. To recommend authors, poets and performers to be featured at Surrey Muse, use the email address at the bottom of this post or try the online recommendations form

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Surrey Muse gatherings take place
on the unceded territories of the
Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

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Endangered Species – Surrey Muse

Endangered Species is a rap group that has performed shows in Santa Barbara, Isla Vista, Goleta, and Los Angeles. We interviewed Rapper/Poet/Professor Jovian Radheshwar who collaborated as MC Bitter Buffalo with Bobby Musgrave (Pensive Blue Polar Bear) and Ed Keenan (DJ California Condor) in exploring the endangered nature of existence in a technologized modern world for the album ‘No Hooks’ (2012). Having grown up listening to rap during an increasingly racialized America in the mid-1990s, Jovian finds rap to be a powerful medium for making a statement both personal and political. His poetry explores life, politics, history, difference, drugs, science, knowledge, and the globalization of race. Jovian was born in Bombay and raised in New York, later he taught Black Studies, Global Studies, and Political Science in California for over ten years. His music inspirations include Outkast, Nas and Pink Floyd where Hunter S. Thompson, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Frantz Fanon are among his literary influences. Jovian lives in Burnaby and works as a professor of Political Science at Douglas College in New Westminster.

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Endangered Species
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At the September 28 gathering of Surrey Muse, Jovian will be the Featured Performer. 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.