Elizabeth Armerding – Surrey Muse

Elizabeth Armerding is a writer and poet who discovered a love for poetry at a beginners writing class in Metro Vancouver. Her first sestina ‘Country Song’ was shortlisted for the 2016 Magpie poetry award, and it was published in Pulp Literature. Going on to study at the Writers Studio at Simon Fraser University, she found her voice in creative non-fiction storytelling. Elizabeth’s interests include old buildings, old wounds, and the cat Princess Columbia. 

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At the June 25, 2021 gathering of Surrey Muse, Elizabeth Armerding will begin the Open Mic session with her poems. More about the event is here: friday-june-25/

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Deborah Vieyra – Surrey Muse

Deborah Vieyra is a writer, teacher and performer from South Africa. Now based in Vancouver, Canada—due to the fact that she has a Canadian husband and two Canadian cats—she is a recent graduate of The Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University. The recipient of a Fulbright scholarship, Deborah holds an MA in Applied Theatre from the University of Southern California and a BA in Theatre and Performance from the University of Cape Town. Her poetry and prose have been published here and there, including in Entropy magazine and emerge 19. Because she had no idea how to bake bread, Deborah’s pandemic project turned out to be the writing of a play called The Bluebottles. And while it’s been chosen as one of the plays for the Jersey City Theatre Center’s Voices festival, she is still no closer to getting a good loaf to rise.

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At the September 24, 2021 gathering of Surrey Muse, Deborah will be the Featured Poet. More about the event is here: friday-September-24

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Catherine Lewis – Surrey Muse

Catherine Lewis is a Chinese Canadian writer and poet who is a 2019 graduate of the Writer’s Studio at SFU and a 2020 graduate of the Vancouver Manuscript Intensive. Her work has been published in emerge 19, featured on the My Small Press Writing Day blog, and displayed at the Line & Lens photopoetry exhibition. Born in Hong Kong and raised in Canada, Catherine lives in Vancouver on the traditional unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. At this time, she is at work on her memoir.

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At the January 22, 2021 gathering of Surrey Muse, Catherine will begin the Open Mic session with an excerpt from her in-progress memoir. More about the event is here: january-22-2021

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Naava Smolash – Surrey Muse

Naava Smolash is the author of Turn This World Inside Out: The Emergence of Nurturance Culture (AK Press 2019), which grew out of her viral online essay ‘The Opposite of Rape Culture is Nurturance Culture.’ Naava holds a PhD in English Literature from Simon Fraser University, and is a graduate of The Writer’s Studio. Her work appears in academic and popular publications including Studies in Canadian Literature, West Coast Line, Briarpatch, Everyday Feminism, and The University of Toronto Quarterly. A longtime community organizer, she was a member of the No One is Illegal-Vancouver collective from 2005-2008 and the Media Democracy Day-Vancouver collective from 2008-2010. Current projects include a speculative fiction manuscript entitled Cipher. Originally from Montreal, Naava lives in East Vancouver and teaches in the English department at Douglas College.

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At the September 27 gathering of Surrey Muse, Naava will be the Booksigning Author. More information about the event is here: september-27-2019-gathering

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Betsy Warland – Surrey Muse

Betsy Warland is a poet, author, editor, mentor and educator who has published over twelve books of poetry and creative nonfiction, among them, the latest: ‘Oscar of Between, a memoir of identity and ideas‘ (2016); the most influential: ‘Breathing the Page: Reading the Act of Writing‘ (2010) and ‘Bloodroot: Tracing the Untelling of Motherloss‘ (2000). Betsy designed and directed The Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University from 2001-2012 where she initiated the annual 2-day DTES Writers’ Jamboree at Carnegie Centre (2008-2012) that helped create Thursdays Writing Collective. In 2013, she established Oscar’s Salon, an interactive and collaborative program. Betsy co-founded the Creative Writers Nonfiction Collective in 2004 that holds an annual conference. She also founded and is a mentor in the one-on-one six-month international Vancouver Manuscript Intensive. Betsy received the Mayor’s Arts Award for Literature in Vancouver in 2016. In 2017, she worked as the Lyric Prose and Poetry Mentor at The Writer’s Studio.

Betsy initiated the Toronto Women’s Writing Collective in 1975. The same year, she initiated and co-coordinated the Women and Words—les femmes et le mots conference (Vancouver 1983), that brought together one thousand women from across Canada involved in different aspects of contemporary literature. Betsy lives and works in Vancouver.

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At the May 25 gathering of Surrey Muse, Betsy will be the Featured Poet. More information about the event is here:
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