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.

We are mentioned 41 minutes into it.

Visit Fauzia’s web page:

Find us on Instagram
‘LIKE’ us on FB
Subscribe to YouTube channel

Support our Projects
Surrey Muse
Surrey Muse Writers
Surrey Muse At Large (SMAL)
Women Who Named the Unnamed


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.


Alanna Edwards – Surrey Muse

Alanna Irene Edwards is an artist, videomaker and curator who currently works as an arts educator and Engagement Facilitator at Surrey Art Gallery. Through the use of humor, she explores themes of belonging, authenticity, and the everyday. Primarily working in sculpture and video, much of her work responds to how Indigenous people are looked at and consumed through pop culture, politics, and art. Alanna has a BA in Political Science and Women’s Studies from Simon Fraser University, a diploma in Fine Arts from Langara College, and she has completed her BFA with distinction at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Alanna is of Mi’gmaq and settler descent occupying, living, and working on unceded Coast Salish territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ Nations when in Vancouver, and Nations including the q̓ʷɑ:n̓ƛ̓ən̓, q̓ic̓əy̓, and Semiahma when in Surrey. *she/her

More about Alanna is here
Follow Alanna on Instagram
Contact Alanna

At the October 23 gathering of Surrey Muse, Alanna will be the Featured Performer. More information about the event is here: october-23-2020

‘LIKE’ us on FB

Support our Projects
Surrey Muse Writers
Surrey Muse At Large (SMAL)


Surrey Muse gatherings take place
on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Katzie,
Kwantlen, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.



Taryn Hubbard – Surrey Muse


Taryn Hubbard is a Langley-based writer of fiction and poetry. Her short stories have been published in journals, and presented at various venues in the city. In 2015 her multi-channel sound and text installation Surrey City Centre née Whalley was exhibited during the Surrey Art Gallery’s OpenSound program. Her chapbook RE: was published in 2014 by dancing girl press, and she is now working on her first full-length poetry manuscript.

Taryn’s stories, poems, reviews, and interviews have appeared in Canadian Literature, Room magazine, The Capilano Review, Canadian Women Studies, filling Station, Rusty Toque, harlequin creature, and others.

Visit Taryn’s blog
Follow her on Twitter

At the June 23 gathering of Surrey Muse, Taryn will present a selection of her short stories. More about the event is here:

Surrey Muse gatherings
‘LIKE’ us on FB
Follow on Twitter