Russell Wallace – Surrey Muse


Russell Wallace is a First Nations writer, composer, producer, educator, community activist and singer of traditional Lil’wat music. Russell studied creative writing at Capilano College and the University of British Columbia.

His poems have been published in anthologies and periodicals including the Salish Seas anthology and Rice Paper. Russell’s music has also featured in TV and film soundtracks and in theatre productions.

Russell currently teaches drumming and singing at Capilano College and at the Native Education College at Simon Fraser University. He is also the Vice President of Warriors Against Violence, a non-profit which helps First Nations families unlearn violent and abusive behaviours.

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Wanda John-Kehewin – Surrey Muse

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Wanda John-Kehewin is a Cree poet and fiction writer. The first collection of her poetry In The Dog House was launched by Talonbooks in 2013. Wanda has been published in Quills Poetry, Salish Seas, UBC’s Aboriginal Anthology and SFU’s Emerge. She has presented her work at various venues including Co-op Radio, The Writer’s Union of Canada, Word Arts LIVE! and Surrey Muse. Wanda is a graduate of Simon Fraser University’s The Writers Studio (TWS), and she uses writing as a therapeutic medium ‘to understand and respond to the near decimation of First Nations culture, language and tradition’. Wanda studies part time at the UBC taking Creative Writing courses while working on her new book of poems and short stories.

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At the October 22 gathering of Surrey Muse, Wanda will be the Featured Poet. More about the event: october-22-2021

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