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 March 27 gathering of Surrey Muse, Lakshmi will be the Featured Author. More about the event is here: february-28-2020

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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 23-2017 Gathering of Surrey Muse

61st Gathering


June 23, 2017

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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NEW! Featured Art on Surrey Muse posters
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
Shehan Madawela

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Heidi Greco – Surrey Muse

Heidi Greco is a poet, novelist, editor, an arts activist, and an occasional instructor. A longtime resident of Surrey, Heidi writes in many genres. Her poems, fiction, reviews, and interviews have been published in books, magazines, and online. Her most recent collection of poems, Practical Anxiety, was brought out in 2018 by Toronto’s feminist press, Inanna Publications. In 2017, Caitlin Press published Flightpaths: The Lost Journals of Amelia Earhart, a novel in verse about the lost aviator. Her novella, Shrinking Violets, won the Ken Klonsky Award in 2011. In 2018, Heidi edited From the Heart of It All, an anthology of writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Her forthcoming book, Glorious Birds: A Celebratory Homage to Harold and Maude, is soon to be released by Vancouver’s Anvil Press. Due in March, this book takes a light-hearted critical look at a film that’s on Heidi’s list of favourites.

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

At the February 26 gathering of Surrey Muse, Heidi will be the Featured Poet. More about the event is here: february-26-2021

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Surrey Muse gatherings take place
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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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