Word Arts LIVE! – the Inaugural Session Concludes

The first session of Word Arts LIVE! has ended June 2017 with it’s fifth meeting. It was an inspiring set of readings, presentations and discussions that allowed the local community to come together and grow as it welcomed some of its authors, poets, actors, artists and musicians.

The series is expected to resume later this year. Follow this blog for updates.

More information about Word Arts LIVE! is on this page:
surreymuseatlarge.wordpress.com/word-arts-live-series

Thanks to our Featured Authors

Sylvia Taylor: February 26. Nasreen Pejvack: March 26. Liam Paul Wallinger: April 30. Teresa Klein: May 28. Deborah Stacey: June 25.

Thanks to our Featured Poets

Wanda John-Kehewin: February 26. Edward Blodgett: March 26. Lozan Yamolky: April 30. Manolis: May 28. Heidi Greco: June 25.

Thanks to our Featured Performers

Kat wahama: February 26. Fauzia Rafique: March 26. Heidi CcCurdy: April 30. Yvette-Dudley Neuman: May 28. Celeste Snowber: June 25.

Thanks to our Open Mic Openers

Poet Art Pouchet: February 26. Poet Sana Janjua: March 26. Performer Helga Parekh: April 30. Author Paul Stacey: May 28. Playwrights/Directors/Actors Celina Strachan & Shonna Morgan: June 25.

And of course, thanks to our Host of all the five events

Virginia Gillespie

Virginia says:

‘I’m very pleased to have completed phase one of Word Arts LIVE! – a collaboration with Surrey Muse At Large. Thank you to Surrey Cultural Grants for support. Held in the Media Room at Camp Alexandra in Crescent Beach. We hosted five monthly reading events from February through June 2017. A group of loyal fans developed starting with 12 and ending with 30 + who enjoyed the diversity and range of the very talented presenters. Authors, poets, performers. In the final session we expanded to a play reading excerpt, and an artist showing deconstructed books. The potential is endless.’

The venue was great.

Appreciation to the staff and volunteers at
Alexandra Neighbourhood House.

And many thanks to Steve Chitty for his ongoing support to this project.

Word Arts LIVE! is the result of a collaboration between Virginia Gillespie (Artistic Director, VG PlayRoom) and Fauzia Rafique (Coordinator, Surrey Muse) for Surrey Muse At Large (smal).

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DeborahStacey-HeidiGreco-CelesteSnowber-CelinaStrachan&ShonnaMorgan with VirginiaGillespie at Word Arts LIVE! 25 June 2017

You are invited to the 5th and the final event of the first session of Word Arts LIVE! at Alexandra Neighborhood House. Our features include Author Deborah Stacey, Poet Heidi Greco, Performer Celeste Snowber, Open Mic Openers Celina Strachan & Shonna Morgan, with Host Virginia Gillespie.

Deborah Stacey
Deborah is a writer, editor, educator, and the creator of Horse Lover’s Math. Her essays and articles have appeared in various publications including the Vancouver Sun, and one of her short stories received an honorable mention in the Writer’s Digest Magazine writing competition. Deborah graduated with an Honors Degree in Horsemanship from Humber College in Toronto in the mid-seventies. Her two children were born in the early 80’s, and living in Ottawa at that time, she joined Mothers Are Women (MAW), a feminist group of women at home. Starting out contributing articles to their quarterly magazine Homebase, she went on to become editor until she and her family moved to BC in 1992. Here, she took several writing courses and joined a local writers group. Her ongoing work, Horse Lover’s Math, is a website with over 350 posts and a Math Club with members from Alaska to Australia, and it offers downloadable math worksheets and a 175 page Level 1 math workbook while a workbook for Level 2 is coming soon.
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Heidi Greco Heidi writes in many genres – poetry, fiction, essays, reviews and blog posts. She has just published Flightpaths: The Lost Journals of Amelia Earhart (Caitlin Press, 2017), an extended poem, expanding on the work begun earlier. The book is a collection of journal entries, poems, letters and other bits and pieces, addressing the question, What became of Amelia Earhart? Heidi’s other titles include Rattlesnake Plantain (poetry), published by Anvil Press in 2002; Shrinking Violets (novella), winner of the Ken Klonsky Award, published by Toronto’s Quattro Books in 2011; several chapbooks including A: The Amelia Poems, published by Lipstick Press (Gabriola Island) in 2009. Heidi also works as an instructor, leading workshops on a range of topics from exploring creativity to making chapbooks. A long-time resident of Surrey, she’s an arts activist who has contributed to several projects in the city – helping to establish two literary reading series and working to convince the City of Surrey to hire a Poet Laureate.
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Celeste Snowber Celeste, PhD is a dancer, poet, writer and educator who is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. Among her books, are Embodied Prayer, Embodied Inquiry: Writing, living and being through the body and a collection of poetry, Wild Tourist. Celeste loves connecting dance, improv, comedy and spoken word as well as doing site-specific performance. She is presently the Artist in Residence in the UBC Botanical garden creating and performing poetry and dance out of each season. (Photo by Michele Mateus)
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Celina Strachan Celina is a singer and an actor who has performed with VG Playroom’s devised theatre and was a part of the cast for the curated reading of Virgina Gillespie’s short play Hoarder. As a member of Voices Wild, Celina explores and co-creates vocal soundscapes, and she is a Soprano Singer with Soul of the World Community Choir. She also facilitates a women’s group, and she supports and participates in several projects that bring people together. Last year, she performed in several Student Showcases with the Drama Class in White Rock, and she continues to fulfill her creativity through Improv acting. At this time, among other things, Celina is developing a stage performance with Shonna Morgan.
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Shonna Morgan Supporting her 5 children in the performance world for years, Shonna began to follow their lead a year ago, at first intrigued by the fun of theatre games. This interest quickly led to live stage showcases at The Drama Club, and a handful of independent and student film roles in the Vancouver film community. Shonna also volunteers with the RCMP, the Vancouver Sun Run, her Strata Council, and she helps organize homeschool conferences. At this time, Shonna is developing another stage performance with Celina Strachan.
shonnalee@gmail.com

Virginia Gillespiesm-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.
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Word-Arts LIVE!
Sunday June 25, 2017
4-6 pm, Media Room
Upstairs The Lodge
Alexandra Neighborhood House
2916 McBride Avenue, Surrey BC

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 June 25 – South Surrey

After a festive fourth meeting of Word Arts LIVE! in May with author Teresa Klein, poet Manolis, performer Yvette Dudley-Neuman, and open mic opener Paul Stacey with Virginia Gillespie, you are invited to the fifth and the last event of this new reading and presentation series at ‘Camp A’.

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 June 25, 2017

Author Deborah Stacey
Poet Heidi Greco
Performer Celeste Snowber
Open Mic Opener Celina Strachan & Shonna Morgan
Host Virginia Gillespie

4-6 pm, Media Room
Upstairs The Lodge
Alexandra Neighborhood House
2916 McBride Avenue, 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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TeresaKlein-Manolis-YvetteDudleyNeuman-PaulStacey with VirginiaGillespie at Word Arts LIVE! 28 May 2017

Join us for an exciting event featuring Author Teresa Klein, Poet Manolis Aligizakis, Performer Yvette Dudley-Neuman, Open Mic Opener Paul Stacey with Host Virginia Gillespie at Alexandra Neighborhood House.

Teresa KleinTeresa Klein is a writer, dreamer and a community leader. Her investigative journey with her long-term dream group inspired the writing of a collaborative book relating the effects of their dream work on their lives. Her exploration prompted a pilgrimage that began in 2011. This pilgrimage re-set the definition of home to reach far beyond any set place and embraced a universal sense of family. Her encounters with life through this time deepened her relationship with earth-based wisdom and established a trusting relationship with her intuitive knowing. Her pilgrimage continues as she creates and becomes involved with overseeing a Community Garden/Medicine Wheel in Newton, an area of Surrey that has experienced trauma, with a visible presence of homelessness and substance abuse issues. Beginning its second growing season, despite its challenges it has become a centre for community engagement bridging generational, cultural and socio economic diversity to create a warm and welcoming space.
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Manolis Manolis (Emmanuel Aligizakis) has published more than 20 books of poetry, three novels, and eleven major translation works. His translation George Seferis-Collected Poems was shortlisted for the Greek National Literary Awards. His articles, poems and short stories in both Greek and English have appeared in books, magazines and newspapers in Canada, United States, Sweden, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania, Australia, and Greece. His poetry has been translated into Spanish, Romanian, Swedish, Portuguese, German, Hungarian, Urdu and Punjabi. A Member of the League of Canadian Poets and the Federation of BC Writers, Manolis is a Literary Advisor to Surrey Muse; and, he has served as the Vice-President of Royal City Literary and Arts Society (RCLAS) in New Westminster. He was recently appointed an honorary instructor and fellow of the International Arts Academy, and awarded a Masters for the Arts in Literature. Manolis runs Libros Libertad, an unorthodox and independent publishing company, in White Rock BC.
manolisaligizakis.com

Yvette Dudley-NeumanYvette Dudley-Neuman is committed to exhibiting new and established works that encourage opportunities for Canadian artists to share and hone their talents. As an award winning Director and Producer, Yvette has facilitated over forty productions. Formally trained at the University of Calgary (B.F.A. & B.Ed.), Yvette studied with Keith Johnstone (Theatre Sports), and then spent a year travelling the world with the cast of Up with People. As a long form improviser Yvette currently portrays psych patients for Psych Nursing students, and she also enjoyed performing for three years in Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding. Her first passion is performing and selected credits include: The F Words, Watermelon Girls & Vagina Monologues.TV & film credits include: VAN HELSING, The Hollow Child, and Edna Brown. Yvette writes to channel her creative fervor between acting gigs. Writing Credits: two short films (Edna Brown, Laundry Day), twenty nine Historical Re-enactment scripts, and a full length play, Christmas Crackers. Her script, THE F WORDS won Honourable Mention in Theatre BC’s 2014 Playwriting Competition and it garnered FOUR STAR reviews. In the Edmonton and Vancouver Fringe Festivals along with THE FREE TABLE web series, Yvette is writing a play entitled Titillations.
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Paul StaceyPaul Stacey has just published a book titled ‘Made With Creative Commons’. Part analysis, part handbook, part collection of case studies, it is a guide to sharing knowledge and creativity with the world, and sustaining your operation while you do. Paul has lived in South Surrey / White Rock since 1991. Over his years here he has worked on developing and deploying air traffic control systems around the world, helped create what was originally the Technical University of BC now SFU Surrey, and he has helped find, and lead, open education and online learning initiatives for BC’s universities and colleges at BCcampus. Paul holds four degrees including an MEd in Adult Learning and Global Change. For the past 5 years Paul has been working for Creative Commons helping governments, organizations, and businesses around the world adopt open policy business models and practices. Paul is an advocate for the commons as a means of maximizing citizen participation in culture and creating a more equitable and sustainable economy.
pstacey@creativecommons.org

Virginia Gillespiesm-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 May 28, 2017
4-6 pm, Media Room
Upstairs The Lodge
Alexandra Neighborhood House
2916 McBride Avenue, Surrey BC

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 May 28 – South Surrey


After an awesome third meeting of Word Arts LIVE! in April with author Liam Paul Wallinger, poet Lozan Yamolky, performer Heidi McCurdy, and open mic opener Helga Parekh with Virginia Gillespie, you are invited to the fourth event of this new reading and presentation series at ‘Camp A’.

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 May 28, 2017

Author Teresa Klein
Poet Manolis
Performer Yvette Dudley-Neuman
Open Mic Opener Paul Stacey
Host Virginia Gillespie

4-6 pm, Media Room
Upstairs The Lodge
Alexandra Neighborhood House
2916 McBride Avenue, 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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LiamWallinger-LozanYamolky-HeidiMcCurdy- HelgaParekh with Virginia Gillespie at Word Arts LIVE! 30 April 2017

Join us for an inspiring evening of readings and presentations with Author Liam Paul Wallinger, Poet Lozan Yamolky, Performer Heidi McCurdy, Open Mic Opener Helga Parekh and Host Virginia Gillespie.

Following are brief introductions of our features.

Liam Paul Wallinger
L.P. Wallinger is the pen name of a young man living in Surrey, BC, Canada, Earth. He has a love of tweed jackets, an overabundance of imagination, and a hard time finishing lists. He is the author of DINK: Weird Stories About a Stupid Man, and he is currently working on the great Canadian gravedigging novel, tentatively titled: The Great Canadian Gravedigging Novel. If and when you want more about him, click at the link below.
liamwallinger.com

Lozan Yamolky
Lozan is a Canadian Kurd from northern Iraq who immigrated to Canada in 1995. Her debut poetry book, I’m No Hero was published by Silver Bow in 2016, and she’s now editing her second book. In her teen years, she wrote poetry but kept it a secret and destroyed her poems fearing being judged for having strong feelings. She began reciting and writing new poetry in 2013. She works as a freelance Kurdish – Arabic – English interpreter. In Ankara Turkey as asylum seeker, she worked as an interpreter with UNHCR, Canadian and Australian embassies.
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Heidi McCurdy
Heidi McCurdy is a singer, songwriter and multidisciplinary artist. She draws on a global tapestry of influences for her unique style of “Mystic Soul.” In this solo performance for Word Arts Live, she will explore connections between composition and spontaneous song, using singing bowls, guitar, looper, poetry and audience participation as inspiration. Her CD “Fickle Mind” received songwriting awards and was featured on TV and national radio, and Heidi has performed at jazz, wine and world music festivals in Canada and Europe. She also facilitates holistic singing courses and meditations through her business Harmony Expressive Arts. For more info visit:
www.heidimccurdy.com

Helga Parekh
Helga Parekh is a writer, poet and a performer. She has published a self-made chapbook of her poems called ‘Learning from the Timeless Beauty Of a Tulip’ in 2016. Her poems have appeared in various publications including Saving Seeds (New West Writers, 2014), and her poems were the finalists in the Burnaby Writers Society annual writing contest in 2012. She has illustrated a children’s book Ramya’s Stars by Mala Ashok. Helga is a Core group member of Surrey Muse, the Group Facilitator of Surrey Muse Writers, and a member of New West Writers and Renaissance Book Writers.
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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 April 30, 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 April 30 – South Surrey

Featuring author Liam Paul Wallinger, poet Lozan Yamolky, performer Heidi McCurdy, and poet Helga Parekh with Virginia Gillespie

After an inspiring second meeting of Word Arts LIVE! in March with Nasreen Pejvack, Edward Blodgett, Fauzia Rafique and Sana Janjua, you are invited to the third event of this new reading and presentation series at ‘Camp A’.

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 April 30, 2017

Author Liam Paul Wallinger
Poet Lozan Yamolky
Performer Heidi McCurdy
Open Mic Opener Helga Parekh
Host Virginia Gillespie

4-6 pm, Media Room
Upstairs The Lodge
Alexandra Neighborhood House
2916 McBride Avenue, 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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