October 26-2018 Gathering of Surrey Muse

76th Gathering


October 26, 2018
Author Fauzia Rafique
Poet Jónína Kirton
Performer Larry Nicholson
Open Mic Opener Katheren Szabo
Booksigning Author Craig Wilson Ruttle
Featured Art by Christi Belcourt
Host Sonja Grgar

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

Open Mic
Book Table
Refreshments

Free event
Donations welcome

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Surrey Muse gatherings take place
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Kwantlen, Katzie, Musqueam,
Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

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Katheren Szabo – Surrey Muse

Katheren Szabo is a poet, arts activist and a vibrant community organizer. Her poems have been published in over 20 poetry chapbooks and theme-based ezines including We Are Newton, Hands & Heart, and Bulbs & Beauty. She is a co-founder of Cedar Bark Poets, a reading series that happens every month; and, she is a regular contributor to Friends of the Grove and community garden called The Plot in Newton, Surrey. At 11 years of age, Katheren began writing poetry as code to keep her diary safe from her siblings. ‘I have kept it all‘ she said, ‘and now have a large pile of dusty journals that hold my poetic life within. I am not a public poet and struggle to give voice to my words.’ Last year, she had said: ‘We shall embark together on breaking the mute silence of my writing on May 26th at Surrey Muse Event. See you there!’ since then, Katheren has presented at conferences, discussion groups and literary events to share her art and thoughts on issues around sexual violence, healing and environment.

Visit Katheren on Facebook
facebook.com/katheren.szabo
Contact Katheren
katheren_szabo@yahoo.ca

At the October 26 gathering of Surrey Muse, Katheren will begin the Open Mic session. More on the event is here:
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Surrey Muse gatherings take place
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Kwantlen, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

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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
Follow Fauzia on Twitter
@RafiqueFauzia
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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Surrey Muse gatherings take place
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Qayqayt, Tsawwassen, Musqueam
Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

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Jónína Kirton – Surrey Muse

Jónína Kirton is a Red River Métis/Icelandic poet. She graduated from the Simon Fraser University’s Writer’s Studio in 2007, where she is now an instructor. Although she acknowledges and is thankful for the teachings offered through academic institutions, she leans heavily into what some term ‘other ways of knowing’. Her writing is often a weaving of body and land as she firmly believes until we care for women’s bodies we will not care for the earth. A late blooming poet she was sixty-one when she received the 2016 Vancouver’s Mayor’s Arts Award for an Emerging Artist in the Literary Arts category. Her second collection of poetry, An Honest Woman, was a finalist in the 2018 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. Her third book, Standing in a River of Time, merges poetry and lyrical memoir about the intergenerational effects of colonization on a Métis family was released in 2022. 

Visit Jónína’s web page
joninakirton.wixsite.com/poet
Follow her on Twitter
@JoninaKirton

At the May 27 gathering of Surrey Muse, Jónína will be the Featured Author. More on the event is here:
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Surrey Muse gatherings take place
on the unceded Coast Salish territories of
the Semiahmoo, Katzie, Kwikwetlem, Kwantlen,
Qayqayt, Tsawwassen, Musqueam,
Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

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Larry Nicholson – Surrey Muse

Larry Nicholson is a poet and a singer/songwriter. He has written for stage, television and newspapers, and has performed on stage, radio, and at numerous poetry, literary and musical events. Some of his work can be found in ‘Gatherings Anthology’ (Theytus Books), One Cool Word Magazine, EVENT Magazine and ‘Salish Seas: An Anthology’. Larry earned a degree from UBC’s Creative Writing program, and ‘when not busy trying to compose stupendous poetry, stories, songs or create operatic circumstances in general’, he works in the social service field with 1st Nations families across Lower Mainland BC. Larry is from Montana Cree Nation at Mascwacis AB (formerly known as Hobbema), moved to BC 1996 and then to the West Coast in 1998. Larry is ‘proud to be associated with Surrey Muse, the organizers, and the wonderful array of participants over time’, having first shared his work at a 2012 Muse event.

Visit Larry’s blog
thebrowntowncrier.blogspot.ca
Contact Larry
champsteen69@gmail.com

At the October 26 gathering of Surrey Muse, Larry will be the Featured Performer. More on 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.

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