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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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
on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Katzie,
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 two novels and a poetry collection. Her novel Skeena was published in English (Libros Libertad, 2011) and Punjabi (Sanjh Publications, 2007). The Punjabi edition of Skeena has become Pakistan’s most sold Punjabi novel. Her second novel The Adventures of SahebaN: Biography of a Relentless Warrior was launched in 2016. She has printed two chapbooks of her poems, Holier Than Life (Purple Poppy Press, 2013) and Passion Fruit/Tahnget Phal (Uddari Books 2011). Fauzia writes in Punjabi, English and Urdu. She is a co-founder and the coordinator of Surrey Muse, and, the project manager of Surrey Muse At Large (SMAL) and Surrey Muse Writers. Fauzia 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.

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

At the March 22 gathering of Surrey Muse, Fauzia will be the Host. More information about the event is here: march-22-2019-gathering

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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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Jónína Kirton – Surrey Muse

Jónína Kirton is a poet, author, and facilitator who has published two poetry books with Talonbooks ‘page as bone – ink as blood’ in 2015 and ‘An Honest Woman’ in 2017. For the first one, she received the 2016 Vancouver’s Mayor’s Arts Award for an Emerging Artist in the Literary Arts category, and the second collection was a finalist in the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. A member of Room Magazine’s Editorial board, she is also the curator of their on-line news related poetry series Turtle Island Responds, and a co-founder of the reading series Indigenous Brilliance. She graduated in 2007 from the SFU Writers Studio, and is a longstanding member of their advisory board. Jónína is a Red River Métis/Icelandic poet born in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba (Treaty One), and she now lives in Vancouver on the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Sḵwxwú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh. She was sixty when she published her first book, and within three years, she has emerged as an acclaimed and celebrated poet.

More about Jónína
talonbooks.com/authors/jonina-kirton
Visit Jónína’s web page
joninakirton.wixsite.com/poet
Contact
joninakirton@msn.com
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At the October 26 gathering of Surrey Muse, Jónína will be the Featured Poet. 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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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:
october-26-gathering

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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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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 was ‘proud to serve on the latter’s organizing collective as a Media Coordinator‘. Sonja also co-facilitated 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 Sonja’s Surrey Muse event reports
surreymuse.wordpress.com/reports
Contact Sonja Grgar
sonja.grgar@gmail.com

At the October 26 gathering of Surrey Muse, Sonja will be the Host. More on the event is here:
october-26-gathering

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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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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.

Visit Ashok’s web page
ashokbhargava.wordpress.com
Email Ashok
bhargava2000@yahoo.com
Ashok’s facebook page
facebook.com/ashok.k.bhargava

At the June 22 gathering of Surrey Muse, Ashok Bhargava will be the Featured Poet. More information about the event is here:
june-22-gathering-of-surrey-muse

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

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