NasreenPejvack-EdwardBlodgett-MaryCooper-SanaJanjua with Virginia Gillespie at Word Arts LIVE! 26 March 2017

We have an exciting afternoon ahead of us with Author Nasreen Pejvack, Poet Edward Blodgett, Performer Mary Cooper, Open Mic Opener Sana Janjua and Host Virginia Gillespie. Following are brief introductions of our accomplished features.

Nasreen Pejvack

Nasreen Pejvack is a novelist, educator and a poet. Her first novel Amity (Inanna Publications, York University Press 2015), a Finalist for 2016 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, explores the devastating impact of wars on families and individuals within the context of Yugoslavia’s dissolution and Iran’s revolution. Nasreen is a member of The Writers Union of Canada (TWUC) and Royal City Literary Arts Society (RCLAS). She is the founder and host of Tellers of Short Tales, a new reading series in New Westminster. Nasreen was born in Tehran, Iran, a place she left over 30 years ago, and went on to live in Athens, Ottawa, California, finally settling in Vancouver. Nasreen worked in the computer field, progressing from Programmer to Systems Analyst over eleven years, then she studied and worked for twelve years in the field of Psychology. Nasreen is now writing short fiction and enjoying it.
examine-consider-act.org
examine.consider.act@gmail.com

Edward Blodgett

E.D. (Ted) Blodgett is an educator, literary historian, translator, and poet. He has published 27 books of poetry, of which 2 were awarded the Governor General’s Award. His most recent book is Horizons, the third of his books in English and French. His translations include The Love Songs of the Carmina Burana [Latin] (with Roy Arthur Swanson), The Romance of Flamenca [Old Provençal], and Peak Only of the Moon: A New Translation of Rumi [Farsi] (with Manijeh Mannani). He has written books on D.G. Jones and Alice Munro, and, more recently, Five-Part Invention: A History of Literary History in Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2003) and Les Enfants des Jésuites ou le sacrifice des vierges. Translations of his poetry have appeared in French, Serbian, Farsi, and Hebrew, among other languages. He was Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Alberta, a former Writer-in-Residence at Grant MacEwan University (2004), and past poet laureate of Edmonton (2007-09). He is now writing another bilingual renga.
eblodget@ualberta.ca

Mary Cooper

Mary Cooper is a singer-songwriter who performs both original and cover songs. She regularly sings at a variety of events such as the Delta Cultural Association’s open mic and art shows, the Ceilidh in Fort Langley, the Coffee House at Crescent Beach, and the Sunshine Café in South Surrey. Mary started singing and playing the guitar when she was in early teens while growing up in Ontario on a farm near Peterborough where her oldest brother ‘started everything by learning how to play a guitar that was given to him by a cousin who wasn’t having any success with it’. Mary plays the guitar, and ‘a little bit’ of piano and ukulele. She has performed music by many artists such as Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Joan Baez, the Eagles, plus traditional ballads. She was inspired to write music by other young musicians who she met in high school and university, as well, she recognizes many songwriters in the local communities as inspiring. She is working on a writing/music project about her heritage as a descendant of the Peter Robinson Settlers who emigrated from Ireland to Canada in 1825.
mecooper3@shaw.ca

Sana Janjua

Sana Janjua is a poet, performer and playwright. Her writings have been published at The Laaltain and Uddari Weblog, and she has presented monologues at cultural and literary venues. Her play Migration, written and directed for a group of Pakistani-Canadian youth, expresses the experience of loneliness and pathos of (forced) migration and exile. Her monologue Smaller Names explores the dynamics of silencing of women’s stories, and the trauma and shame they endure as they speak. She has hosted events for Urdu poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Women’s International Day, Surrey Muse, and numerous book launching ceremonies for authors. Sana is now working on a full-length play and a chapbook of her poetry and essays. She is a Founding Member and the President of Surrey Muse. Sana is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse, and enjoys working in the field of mental health.
uddari.wordpress.com/english-poems
sanajanjua@gmail.com

Virginia Gillespie
sm-virginia-gilespie Virginia is a writer, arts advocate and the Artistic Director of VG PlayRoom, a multi-disciplinary arts incubator with a Word Studio to develop projects and events in the Verbal Arts. She is a co-founder, co-organizer and the host of Word Arts LIVE! series.
vgplayroom.com

Word-Arts LIVE!
Sunday March 26, 2017

4-6 pm, Media Room
Upstairs The Lodge
Alexandra Neighborhood House
2916 McBride Av, Surrey BC

Fauzia Rafique surrey.muse@gmail.com
Virginia Gillespie vgplayroom@gmail.com

surreymuseatlarge.wordpress.com/word-arts-live-series
surreymuse.wordpress.com

Series co-founded and co-organized by Fauzia Rafique

Word-Arts LIVE! is a collaboration between Surrey Muse At Large (SMAL) and VG PlayRoom. We are grateful to the City of Surrey for the 2017 Cultural Project Grant for Word-Arts events, forums and training. Alexandra Neighbourhood House is home base and a strong supporter.

Surrey Muse At Large (SMAL) is a project of Surrey Muse.
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Word Arts LIVE! – Sunday March 26 – South Surrey

Featuring author Nasreen Pejvack, poet Edward Blodgett, performer Myrh, and poet Sana Janjua with Virginia gillespie

After a delightful first meeting of Word Arts LIVE! in February with Sylvia Taylor, Wanda John-Kehewin, Kat Wahaama and Art Pouchet, you are invited to the second event of this new reading and presentation series at ‘Camp A’.

Hosted by Virginia Gillespie, Word Arts LIVE! features an author, a poet and a performer- a bit of time to discuss, to linger and to savor each presentation; and, an Open Mic session at the end. The event is FREE. Donations are welcome.

Word-Arts LIVE!
Sunday March 26, 2017

Author Nasreen Pejvack
Poet Edward Blodgett
Performer Myrh
Open Mic Opener Sana Janjua
Host Virginia Gillespie

4-6 pm, Media Room
Upstairs The Lodge
Alexandra Neighborhood House
2916 McBride Av, Surrey BC

For more information, contact
Fauzia Rafique surrey.muse@gmail.com
Virginia Gillespie vgplayroom@gmail.com

Visit our web page
surreymuseatlarge.wordpress.com/word-arts-live-series

Word-Arts LIVE! is a collaboration between Surrey Muse At Large (SMAL) and VG PlayRoom. We are grateful to the City of Surrey for the 2017 Cultural Project Grant for Word-Arts events, forums and training. Alexandra Neighbourhood House is home base and a strong supporter.

Surrey Muse At Large (SMAL) is a project of Surrey Muse.
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SylviaTaylor-WandaJohnKehewin-KatWahamaa-ArtPouchet with Virginia Gillespie at ‘Word Arts LIVE!’ on 26 Feb 2017

At the Word Arts LIVE! event this Sunday, we will have the opportunity with Host Virginia Gillespie to enjoy the work of our features Author Sylvia Taylor, Poet Wanda John-Kehewin, Performer Kat Wahamaa and Poet Art Pouchet, and after, we’ll have the pleasure of having some (surprise) readings and presentations at the Open Mic.

Sylvia Taylor
smal-sylvia-taylor Sylvia is an award-winning writer, editor, educator, and communications specialist in Metro Vancouver. She is the author of The Fisher Queen: A Deckhand’s Tales of the BC Coast (Heritage House 2012) and Beckoned by the Sea: Women at Work on the Cascadia Coast to be launched in May 2017. Her prose and poetry have appeared in anthologies and magazines in Canada and the US, and her work was shortlisted for the CBC National Literary Awards. With over 400 articles in print, she has edit-coached more than a 100 book manuscripts. A past director of the Federation of BC Writers for 13 years, Sylvia now serves as a director for the Arts Council of Surrey and Board Advisor for the Royal City Literary Arts Society and ArtsCan. She consults with authors and entrepreneurs, teaches writing & publishing-related skills, and is a conference presenter and contest adjudicator (including for the BC Book Prizes for non-fiction in 2014).
sylviataylor.ca
words@sylviataylor.ca

Wanda John-Kehewin
smal-wandajohnkehewin Wanda is a Surrey based poet and fiction writer. The first collection of her poetry In The Dog House was published by Talonbooks in 2013. She is now working on a book of poetry and short stories for 2018. Wanda has been published in Quills Poetry, Salish Seas, UBC’s Aboriginal Anthology and SFU’s Emerge anthology. She has shared her writing at Co-op Radio and numerous literary events throughout the lower mainland including for The Writer’s Union of Canada and Surrey Muse. Wanda has studied Criminology, Sociology, Aboriginal studies and creative writing with Simon Fraser University’s The Writers Studio (TWS) writing program. Wanda uses writing as a therapeutic medium to understand and respond to the near decimation of First Nations culture, language and tradition. She now attends UBC part time taking Creative Writing courses.
talonbooks.com/authors/wanda-john-kehewin
sweetgrasswriter@gmail.com

Kat Wahamaa
smal-kat-wahamaa-tim-fitzgerald-photo-2 Kat is an award-winning songwriter and performing artist who has toured in Canada, Japan, US and the UK. She has released six CDs; her community engaged work has produced many arts and social action projects such as Youth Unmasked (2010), Peace by Piece – The Musical (2012), exhibitions by Women of the Warm Zone (2011 and 2012), and the cross-cultural Different Drum (2010). Kat has received various awards including the 2016 Mission Muse Award in Music (with partner Tony Rees). She is co-Artistic Director of Railtown Cultural Eclective, and a board member for Mission Folk Music Festival Society and ACES: Actively Creating an Exceptional Society. Kat co-facilitates the annual Rivers of Peace Eco Arts Festival, now in its 5th year, and she is pursuing a Masters of Education – Art for Social Change at SFU while doing a four year Artist in Residency (2014-2018) program for the City of Maple Ridge.
katandtony.ca
kat@shinyb.ca

Art Pouchet
smal-artpouchet Art is a poet who came to poetry in 2008, and has since been exploring ‘themes of dark and light and how emotions struggle in a dichotomy of known and unknown conditions’. After 65 years of being identified with his external accomplishments such as ‘a psychologist, religion-ist, familyman-ist, business person-ist, musician-ist, counselor and therapist’, now he recognizes himself for what he truly is, ‘a dreamer, a poet, a wordsmith and a person lost in the soundwaves of an imagination bigger than his own’. Art has presented his work at the BC Authors Association Open Mic event in Vancouver, and he is being ‘happily mentored’ in his poetry adventure by Candice James, two term Poet Laureate of New Westminster BC. Art will be sharing selections from his potentially published work entitled, Chaos and Enlightenment.
apouchet@hotmail.com

Virginia Gillespie

sm-virginia-gilespie Virginia is a writer, arts advocate and the Artistic Director of VG PlayRoom, a multi-disciplinary arts incubator with a Word Studio to develop projects and events in the Verbal Arts. She is a co-founder, co-organizer and the host of Word Arts LIVE! series.
vgplayroom.com

Word-Arts LIVE!
Sunday February 26, 2017

4-6 pm, Media Room
Upstairs The Lodge
Alexandra Neighborhood House
2916 McBride Av, Surrey BC

Fauzia Rafique surrey.muse@gmail.com
Virginia Gillespie vgplayroom@gmail.com

surreymuseatlarge.wordpress.com/word-arts-live-series
surreymuse.wordpress.com

Series co-organized by Fauzia Rafique

Word-Arts LIVE! is a collaboration between Surrey Muse At Large (SMAL) and VG PlayRoom. We are grateful to the City of Surrey for the 2017 Cultural Project Grant for Word-Arts events, forums and training. Alexandra Neighbourhood House is home base and a strong supporter.
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Initiating Word Arts LIVE! Series Sunday Feb 26 in South Surrey

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Word-Arts LIVE!
Sunday February 26, 2017

Inaugural Series
5 final Sundays February – June

Author Sylvia Taylor
Poet Wanda John-Kehewin
Performer Kat Wahamaa
Open Mic Opener Art Pouchet
Host Virginia Gillespie

4-6 pm, Media Room
Upstairs The Lodge
Alexandra Neighborhood House
2916 McBride Av, Surrey BC

Fauzia Rafique surrey.muse@gmail.com
Virginia Gillespie vgplayroom@gmail.com

surreymuseatlarge.wordpress.com/word-arts-live-series

Word-Arts LIVE! is a collaboration between Surrey Muse At Large (SMAL) and VG PlayRoom. We are grateful to the City of Surrey for the 2017 Cultural Project Grant for Word-Arts events, forums and training. Alexandra Neighbourhood House is home base and a strong supporter.
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Word Arts LIVE! – Inaugural Session: Feb to June 2017

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Word Arts LIVE Series
Inaugural Session Program February-June 2017
4-6 pm, Media Room
Alexandra Neighborhood House

Series hosted by Virginia Gillespie

February 26
Author Sylvia Taylor
Poet Wanda John-Kehewin
Performer Kat Wahamaa
Open Mic Opener Art Pouchet

March 26
Author Nasreen Pejvack
Poet Edward Blodgett
Performer Myrh
Open Mic Opener Sana Janjua
(Myrh in place of Mary Cooper)

April 30
Author Liam Paul Wallinger
Poet Lozan Yamolky
Performer Heidi McCurdy
Open Mic Opener Helga Parekh

May 28
Author Teresa Klein
Poet Connor Doyle
Performer Yvette Dudley-Neuman
Open Mic Opener Paul Stacey

June 25
Author Deborah Stacy
Poet Heidi Greco
Performer Celeste Snowber
Open Mic Opener Celina Strachan & Shonna Morgan

Artwork by Elizabeth Carefoot

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For more information and to participate, contact
Virginia Gillespie
vgplayroom@gmail.com
Fauzia Rafique
surrey.muse@gmail.com

Word Arts LIVE Series is a collaboration
between VG PlayRoom and Surrey Muse At Large (SMAL).

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Word Arts LIVE Series at Camp A

Surrey Muse At Large (SMAL) has partnered with VG PlayRoom at Alexandra Neighborhood House in South Surrey to begin a new series of literary readings and musical/dramatic presentations.

The Inaugral Session will take place every Last Sunday of each month from February to June. Each event will feature an author, a poet, a performer; and, an across-genre Open Mic Opener. The two-hour event will have brief discussion/question time after each featured presentation, a dynamic open mic, and refreshments. Donations accepted.

The five-month program will be announced on January 16.
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