Lakshmi Gill – Surrey Muse

Lakshmi Gill is a poet and educator who has published extensively in Canadian and world literature. Her titles include ‘Returning the Empties’ (TSAR, Toronto 1998), ‘The Third Infinitive’ (TSAR, Toronto 1993), ‘Novena To St. Jude Thaddeus’ (Fiddlehead Press, Fredericton 1979), and ‘First Clearing’ (Estaniel Press, Manila 1972). She was one of the two women poets (along with Dorothy Livesay) who founded the League of Canadian Poets in 1966. Lakshmi has received numerous awards including First Prize in Poetry from Western Washington University in 1964 and Chancellor’s Prize in Education, B.Ed. Mt. Allison University in 1985. A Punjabi/Spanish-Filipina writer, Lakshmi lives in Delta BC, and she is a current member of The Writers’ Union of Canada.

More about Lakshmi
canlit.ca/canlit_authors/lakshmi-gill
Contact Lakshmi
lakshmigill@hotmail.com

At the June 23 gathering of Surrey Muse, Lakshmi will be our Featured Poet, and we are honored to have her. More about the event is below:
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Shehan Madawela – Painter

‘My work is inspired by my time in Africa and Sri Lanka, as well as by the light, textures and vibrant colors of India; it’s flora, fauna, the use and worship of stone and the concern for the environment.

‘Oils are my preferred medium, although sometimes I incorporate gold, silver and copper leaf in my paintings. These days I find myself working more with acrylic and water based paints. Being predominantly self-taught, I am free to experiment with different mediums and styles, though there is a common thread that runs through my paintings from series to series.’

Shehan Madawela’s art has been exhibited in Sri Lanka, India, England, New York, Malaysia, Switzerland, the Hague in Netherlands, and Bahrain. His work is in private collections in Sri Lanka and in other parts of the world.

Shehan was born and educated in Sri Lanka. He lived for four years in Australia, and eight in South Africa where he worked in various fields and ran a family business. But the world of business did not hold his interest for long, he returned to Sri Lanka and began to paint. Born into a family of artists, he had never given art ‘any serious thought until then‘.

As the creation of art took root in him, Shehan left for Kala Bhavan, the arts faculty at Shantiniketan in India, where he spent two years living and working. After, he moved to Bangalore and then Mysore. Hailing from a Buddhist Christian family, and having experienced some of the world, he flourished in India’s diverse and multi-cultural environment.

At present, Shehan lives and works in Sri Lanka.

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Art by Shehan Madawela
Features on the
June 2017 poster
of Surrey Muse

This particular painting was chosen
by Art director Mariam Zohra
from the following four paintings

#1

the prisoner of love
#2

the rice series
#3

vermilion summer
#4

Art Director was first drawn to #2 the prisoner of love;
but it could have offended Surrey Library’s
‘protect children from nudity’ ordinance.
She picked #3 the rice series
because it conveyed to her:
the stare of the three
the keepers of earth-blue
the stand of the three

A tough choice, indeed.
Thank you, Shehan Madawela, for letting us
feature this powerful painting on Surrey Muse poster.
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June 23 Gathering of Surrey Muse

61st Gathering

Author Taryn Hubbard
Poet Lakshmi Gill
Performer Mariam Zohra
Open Mic Opener Malik Mohamed
BookSigning Author Heidi Greco
Host Sonja Grgar
Featured Art by Shehan Madawela

5:30 – 8:30 PM
Room 405 – City Centre branch
Surrey Public Library
Phone: (604) 598-7420
(Surrey Central skytrain)

Open Mic
Refreshments
Book Table
Free event
Donations welcome

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Surrey Muse Art Director Mariam Zohra has begun
a new poster series to showcase work of guest artists.
This month, our poster features art by
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Heidi Greco – Surrey Muse

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Heidi Greco is a poet, novelist, editor, an arts activist, and an occasional instructor. Her writings have appeared in books, magazines and anthologies in Canada and the United States. In 2011, she won Ken Klonsky Award for her novella Shrinking Violets (Quattro, Toronto 2011). Other titles include Cascadia, a co-operative poem (Leaf Press 2015), Make it True: Poetry from Cascadia (Leaf Press 2015), Igniting the Green Fuse: Four Canadian Women Poets (Above and Beyond Productions, New West, 2012), The Amelia Poems (Lipstick Press 2009), Rattlesnake Plantain (Anvil 2002), and Siren Tattoo: A Poetry Triptych (Anvil 1994). Her newest book, Flightpaths: The Lost Journals of Amelia Earhart (Caitlin Press, 2017) is a kind of extended poem, expanding on the work begun in the earlier chapbook. A collection of journal entries, poems, letters and other bits and pieces, it explores a number of outcomes addressing the question, What became of Amelia Earhart?

Visit Heidi’s blog
outonthebiglimb.blogspot.ca
Contact Heidi
heidigreco@hotmail.com

At the June 23 gathering of Surrey Muse, Heidi will be our Booksigning Author. More information about the event is here: june-23-gathering-of-surrey-muse

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Taryn Hubbard – Surrey Muse

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Taryn Hubbard is a Langley-based writer of fiction and poetry. Her short stories have been published in journals, and presented at various venues in the city. In 2015 her multi-channel sound and text installation Surrey City Centre née Whalley was exhibited during the Surrey Art Gallery’s OpenSound program. Her chapbook RE: was published in 2014 by dancing girl press, and she is now working on her first full-length poetry manuscript.

Taryn’s stories, poems, reviews, and interviews have appeared in Canadian Literature, Room magazine, The Capilano Review, Canadian Women Studies, filling Station, Rusty Toque, harlequin creature, and others.

Visit Taryn’s blog
tarynhubbard.com
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At the June 23 gathering of Surrey Muse, Taryn will present a selection of her short stories. More about the event is here:
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Sonja Grgar – Surrey Muse

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Sonja Grgar is a freelance journalist and creative writer with a passion for complexity. She has been featured in a number of poetry and prose anthologies including Family Ties Anthology (Hidden Brook Press 2014). Sonja is the recipient of the 2014 Writers International Network Canada Literary Ambassador Award. Her writings have appeared in the Globe and Mail, and were broadcast on CFRC 101.9 FM Radio (Kingston, ON) and on Vancouver’s Co-Op radio. She has created several magazine style television stories and documentaries for Shaw TV, and has served as a co-host for several of the station’s programs. Her mini documentary on the first Vancouver Cuban Music Festival was aired on Shaw TV. Sonja has been a featured reader and performer at a number of local groups including Poetic Justice and Surrey Muse, and she is ‘proud to serve on the latter’s organizing collective as a Media Coordinator‘. Sonja also co-facilitates Surrey Muse Writers, a drop-in critique group. When she is not writing, Sonja can be found salsa dancing or waxing poetic about Cuba.

More on Sonja
mayanaam.wordpress.com
View some of Sonja’s event reports
surreymuse.wordpress.com/reports
Contact Sonja Grgar
sonja.grgar@gmail.com

At the June 23 gathering of Surrey Muse, Sonja will be our Host. More about the event is here: june-23-gathering-of-surrey-muse

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Mariam Zohra – Surrey Muse

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Mariam is a poet, vocalist, and a multi-disciplinary artist combining music, video, drama, painting and poetry. She shares her songs via Soundcloud, and a collection of her poems, lyrics and drawings is published in These Tales Are True (Purple Poppy Press 2016). Her poems appeared in Naked Crossings (Ed. Valerie B.-Taylor, NWW 2014). She studied Philosophy and Creative Writing at Douglas College in Vancouver where she now works as a freelance graphic designer, videographer and musician. Mariam published her first collection of poetry Not to Understand (Diva Publications, Toronto 1990) at 14. Later, some of her poems appeared in Toronto’s Feminist Quarterly Fireweed, and in Transitions a textbook anthology produced for Grade 10 students by Peel Board of Education, and she also worked with Theatre In The Rough, a youth drama collective. Mariam is a founding Member of Surrey Muse, and she serves as its Art Director/Graphic Designer. View the event posters created by her:
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Mariam at Soundcloud
soundcloud.com/myrhyum
Her blog
nothingispersonal

At the June 23 Gathering of Surrey Muse, Mariam will be the Featured Performer presenting songs and videos. More information on the event:
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