‘May 25 Surrey Muse Report’ by Randeep Purewall

The sixth meeting of Surrey Muse took place on the evening of May 25, 2012. The event was hosted by Poet Phinder Dulai, featuring Tariq Malik as its Featured Author, Valerie Parks as its Featured Poet and L.A. Burgess as its Featured Performer. The poet Susan Steudal was also on hand to sign copies of her new book of poetry, New Theatre.

Tariq Malik read from Chanting Denied Shores which explores the various streams that flowed from the 1947 partition of British India. His first story “Paani” (‘Water’), set in 1957, shows the life of a Pakistani Punjabi the village being slowly depleted of its vigor as its most ablest young men leave to pursue opportunities abroad. After Summer Pervez reciting Tariq’s poems, Tariq closed by reading from the prologue of Komagatu Maru which is told from the perspective of a Punjabi Muslim. Tariq also described the problems the book encountered in getting published given its controversial subject matter.

Valerie began with some ribald humor proving the point that women in their 50s are as sexy and as relevant as at any earlier point in their lives. She went on to read the first of four poems on the cello from her chapbook Pathways, followed by poetry on poets and women. In her Wisdom of a Thousand Fools, Valerie opened further the palette of human emotion reading poems on betrayal and hope.

The final artist of the evening, L.A. Summer, read from From LA to Paris: Dairy of a Grieving Mother, a story of loss of her daughter Paris and L.A.’s personal transformation. Moving between poetry and musical performance, from Paris conception, her body, going home, Paris’ final night, a vigil and a tribute to her, L.A. conveyed a poignant tale of grief but also triumph while weaving in Cole Porter and touches of Sally Bowles and Marlene Dietrich.

The open microphone session opened with the poems of Summer Pervez which had been composed in the days leading up to the meeting. Following Summer was Susan who read poems from New Theatre inspired by the spirit of Lenin, the Russian Revolution and the rolling fields of the Caucasus. Hari followed with his urban style poetry which reminded us why “rap” stands for rhythmic American poetry. The evening closed with two poems by Nirmal.

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Randeep Purewall is a lawyer, a writer and a cultural activist. Contact him at: surrey.muse@gmail.com

Summer Pervez Sultan – Surrey Muse

Summer Pervez is a filmmaker, screenwriter and professor. She wrote and produced two short films Shame (2013) and The Address (2014), both have been screened and critically acclaimed at several international film festivals. She is the co-founder and co-CEO with Osama Paradox, of Vodou Feather Films based in Seattle and Vancouver. Her first feature screenplay, 1947 was a semi-finalist in the 2013 Praxis Feature Screenplay Competition and the 2013 ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship. Summer obtained her diploma in Writing for Film and Television at the Vancouver Film School. Her screenwriting consists of both short and feature length drama on subjects such as the Partition of India, gay-bashing, racism and the American dream. She is also interested in adapting short stories and novels for the screen. Born in Saudi Arabia, Summer obtained her BA and MA from the University of Western Ontario, and her PhD in English Literature from the University of Ottawa in 2007. She has taught literature and film as a professor at several departments of English at universities and colleges in Ontario, Punjab and British Columbia.

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May 25-2012 Gathering of Surrey Muse

Sixth Gathering

May 25
5:30 – 8:30 PM
Room 418 – City Centre branch
Surrey Public Library
Phone: (604) 598-7420
(Surrey Central skytrain)

Guest Author Tariq Malik
Featured Poet Valerie Parks
Featured Performer LA Burgess
Open Mic opens with Summer Pervez
Book Signing Susan Steudel
Host Phinder Dulai
Book Table

Free event
Donations welcome

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More about Surrey Muse Gatherings

Jan-June 2012 Program

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