Fauzia Rafique – Surrey Muse

Fauzia is a novelist, poet, blogger and an activist. She has published three novels and a poetry collection. Her Punjabi novel Keerru (Sanjh Publications, 2019) has won Ali Arshad Mir Award 2020 for best literary fiction while her debut novel Skeena (Libros Libertad, 2011. Sanjh Publications, 2007) is Pakistan’s most sold Punjabi novel. Her second novel, a humorous fantasy titled The Adventures of SahebaN: Biography of a Relentless Warrior, was launched in 2016. She has printed an ebook of her poems, Holier Than Life (Purple Poppy Press, 2013). Fauzia’s novels have been published in Canada, India and Pakistan. She is a co-founder and the coordinator of Surrey Muse. She is happy to have received WIN Canada’s Distinguished Novelist & Poet award in 2012, and to have declined Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013. In 2020, Fauzia was awarded the City of Surrey’s Arts & Heritage Literary Arts Award in recognition of her work in the areas of creative writing and arts organizing.

Visit Fauzia’s web page
gandholi.wordpress.com
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Contact Fauzia
frafique@gmail.com

At the April 23, 2021 gathering of Surrey Muse, Fauzia will be the Featured Author. More about the event is here: friday-april-23-2021

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June 24-2016 Gathering of Surrey Muse

50th Gathering

SM-6-22-2016

June 24, 2016
Author Fauzia Rafique
Poet Pamela Bentley
Performer Sana Janjua
Open Mic Opener Ashok Bhargava
BookSigning Author Patrick Blennerhassett
Host Mariam Zohra D.

Room 418 – City Centre branch
Surrey Public Library
Phone: (604) 598-7420
(Surrey Central skytrain)

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Pamela Bentley – Surrey Muse

Pam at workA kundalini cowgirl rooted in the moment.

Pamela Bentley is a poet, writer, teacher, workshop facilitator, radio host and a short-film producer. She has published four chapbooks of poetry, the most recent being Sea, Sky, and Everything In Between (Fall 2017). Since 2011, she co-hosts weekly show, Wax Poetic, on Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5FM, that can also be found as a free podcast on iTunes. She has served as the Director of Member Services at Co-op Radio. She hosts the (mostly) monthly ‘Chicken Sessions’ poetry and music performance salon at her home in East Vancouver, and she became a ‘Centurionatrix’ at the Vancouver Poetry Slam in 2016, the only woman in North America to share 100 poems on a poetry slam stage without repeating one. She is now the Directing Manager of Verses Festival of Words which takes place every April, produced by Vancouver Poetry House. Her poems have been published in Sin Fronteras, Quills, and RCLAS Royal City Poets.

Pamela has produced and production coordinated short films including book trailers for Dennis E. Bolen and Kevin Chong, a video interpretation of George Bowering’s poem, and the mockumentary web-series ‘Vita Bella: The Dogumentary’ that she also co-wrote. Pamela has taught English, Creative Writing, Performance Poetry, and Drama to high school and college students in Ontario, Alberta, Punjab (India), and in New Mexico. She and her stories were born in the bayous of Louisiana, raised on the Canadian Prairies, ripened along the Ottawa and Rideau rivers, then steeped in India and the American Southwest.

Visit Pam at work
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Contact Pamela
kundalinicowgirl@yahoo.ca

At the January 26 gathering of Surrey Muse, Pamela will be the Booksigning Author presenting her latest collection of poems titled Sea, Sky, and Everything In Between. More about the event is here: january-26-gathering-of-surrey-muse

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Ashok Bhargava – Surrey Muse

Ashok Bhargava is a poet and an arts activist who has published six collections of poems including his latest ‘Riding The Tide’ that he has published on surviving cancer. Writing both in English and Hindi, Ashok has published Mirror of Dreams, A Kernel of Truth, Skipping Stones, Half Open Door and Lost in the Morning Calm. He is the founder of Writers International Network Canada (WIN Canada), an organization that recognizes writers, poets and artists of diverse backgrounds and genre on yearly basis. ‘Its main objective is to inspire, encourage, promote and recognize new and established writers, poets and artists in a multicultural and multilingual environment.’ Ashok also volunteers for various socio-cultural, literary and charitable organizations. He has been an honored guest to literary conferences in Turkey, Italy, India, South Korea and the Philippines. He is the recipient of Poet Ambassador Award, Poets without Borders Peace Award, Legendary Poet Kalidasa International Award, Nehru Humanitarian Award, Pandora Collective’s Good Citizen Award, and Nehemiah Leadership Award.

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At the June 22 gathering of Surrey Muse, Ashok Bhargava will be the Featured Poet. More information about the event is here:
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Sana Janjua – Surrey Muse

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Sana Janjua is a poet, performer and playwright. Her writings have been published at The Laaltain and Uddari Weblog, and she has presented monologues at various cultural and literary venues. Her play Migration, written and directed for a group of Pakistani-Canadian youth, expresses the experience of loneliness and pathos of (forced) migration and exile. Her monologue Smaller Names explores the dynamics of silencing of women’s voices/stories, and the trauma and shame they endure as they speak. As well, her poems and monologues focus on the invalidating environments produced by neoliberalism. She has hosted events to commemorate Poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Women’s International Day, Surrey Muse, and numerous book launching ceremonies for authors. Sana is now working on a full-length play and a chapbook of her poetry and essays. She is a Founding Member and the President of Surrey Muse. Sana is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse, and enjoys working in the field of mental health.

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At the April 26 gathering of Surrey Muse, Sana will be the Host. More information about the event is here: april-26-gathering

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