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 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sunday February 26, 2017
4-6 pm, Media Room
Upstairs The Lodge
Alexandra Neighborhood House
2916 McBride Av, Surrey BC
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.