City of Surrey recognizes Surrey Muse Coordinator & Cofounder for excellence in Literary Arts

Fauzia Rafique, the coordinator and a cofounder of Surrey Muse Arts Society (SMAS), has received the City of Surrey’s Arts & Heritage Literary Arts Award in recognition of her work in the areas of creative writing and arts organizing. View the document containing the following information, and a complete list of award recipients. CivicDistinctionAwardRecipients.pdf

Fauzia’s statement

‘It is an honour for me to be selected for the City of Surrey’s Arts & Heritage Literary Arts Award.

‘Working for Surrey Muse Arts Society, a non-profit mandated to encourage inclusivity, representation, voice and equality in the arts community, forms a direct organic link to my writing practice as my novels and poems explore similar themes. It works well together, my creative writing process is more instinctive while organizing efforts use intellectual and cerebral energy.

‘I receive this award on behalf of over 300 authors and artists who have graced us since November 2011; Literary Advisers Joanne Arnott, Manolis Aligizakis, Nefertiti SheLa Morrison; Volunteers Helga Parekh, David Macilwain, and, of course, Surrey Muse co-Founders and Directors Mariam Zohra D, Sana Janjua, Randeep Purewall, and myself.

‘Our gratitude to Susan Crean and Jordan Strom for their ongoing support, and, to our peers at Surrey Libraries, Surrey Art Gallery and the City’s Cultural Grants section.’

Surrey Muse Arts Society (SMAS) congratulates all award recipients.


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February 28-2020 Gathering of Surrey Muse

90th Gathering

Featured art by Nnamdi Okonkwo, poster design by Mariam Zohra

February 28, 2020
Author Malcolm Van Delst
Poet Wanda J. Kehewin
Filmmaker Ali Kazimi
Open Mic Opener Oath
Featured Art by Nnamdi Okonkwo
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Surrey Muse Program January-June 2020

Art work by Ed Kuris

Session 17
January – June 2020

Jan 24
Author Hannah Macready
Poet Zoë J. Dagneault
Musician Tim Mar
Open Mic Opener Idrian Burgos
Host Fauzia Rafique

Feb 28
Author Malcolm Van Delst
Poet Wanda J. Kehewin
Filmmaker Ali Kazimi
Open Mic Opener Oath
Host Randeep Purewall

March 27
Author Lakshmi Gill
Poet Ian Cognito
Musician Enrico Renz
Open Mic Opener Rhiannon Marshall
Host Mariam Zohra D

April 24
Author Jessica Barratt
Poet Elaine Woo
Ceramicist Heidi McKenzie
Open Mic Opener Priscilla Sunshine Eagle
Host Jovian Radheshwar

May 22
Author Cynthia Sharp
Poet Joanna Lilley
Performer Dabke Dancers (uc)
Open Mic Opener Nefertiti SheLah Morrison
Host Sana Janjua

June 26
Author Fauzia Rafique
Poet Chelene Knight
Actor Talia Ahmad
Open Mic Opener Carol Neuman
Host Mariam Zohra D

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Surrey Muse program is put together twice a year, in Nov/Dec for January-June session, and in May/June for July-November session. Dates are blind-picked by participants through an invitation. Participants are invited from a recommendations list that stays open throughout the year. To recommend authors, poets and performers to be featured at Surrey Muse, use the email address at the bottom of this post or try the online recommendations form

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September 27-2019 Gathering of Surrey Muse

86th Gathering

Featured art by Ed Kuris, poster design by Mariam Zohra

September 27, 2019
Author Chimedum Ohaegbu
Poet Jessica Johns
Performer Tim Mar
Booksigning Author Naava Smolash
Featured Art by Ed Kuris
Host Jovian Radheshwar

5:30 – 8:30 PM
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June 28-2019 Gathering of Surrey Muse

83rd Gathering


June 28, 2019
Author Shashi Bhat
Poet Lozan Yamolky
Artist Raghavendra Rao K.V.
Open Mic Opener Val Parks
Featured Art by Raghavendra Rao K.V.
Host Randeep Purewall

5:30 – 8:30 PM
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Phone: (604) 598-7420
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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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