WandaJohnKehewin KyleMcKillop EnricoRenz & Katheren Szabo with FauziaRafique at GardenPlotReadingSeries on August 24

This is the last event of this season for Garden Plot Reading Series, and we are ending it with a beautiful bang: Author Wanda J. Kehewin, Poet Kyle McKillop, Musician Enrico Renz, Poet Katheren Szabo and Host Fauzia Rafique. Visit us at the Plot Sharing Garden Saturday afternoon, 2-4 PM. More about the event is at this link:garden-plot-reading-series-august-24

Wanda J. Kehewin, Author

Wanda John-Kehewin is a Cree poet and fiction writer. The first collection of her poetry In The Dog House was launched by Talonbooks in 2013. Wanda has been published in Quills Poetry, Salish Seas, UBC’s Aboriginal Anthology and SFU’s Emerge. She has presented her work at various venues including Co-op Radio, The Writer’s Union of Canada, Word Arts LIVE! and Surrey Muse. Wanda is a graduate of Simon Fraser University’s The Writers Studio (TWS), and she uses writing as a therapeutic medium ‘to understand and respond to the near decimation of First Nations culture, language and tradition’. Wanda studies part time at the UBC taking Creative Writing courses while working on her new book of poems and short stories. More about Wanda:
talonbooks.com/authors/wanda-john-kehewin

Kyle McKillop, Poet

Kyle McKillop is a poet and teacher. As the president of the Surrey English Teachers’ Association, he helps organize learning opportunities for local teachers and students, including the SETA Writer in Residence program. He is a recent graduate of UBC’s creative writing MFA program, and his work has appeared in a variety of places, including CV2, English Practice, and the Sustenance anthology of BC food writing from Anvil Press. Find him on Twitter: @KyleMcKillop.

Enrico Renz, Musician

Enrico Renz is a delightful one-man band singing songs to interact with the audience. He plays guitar, bass, keyboards and drums, and he has performed at various literary and music events in Metro Vancouver. He has released a cd titled Skytrain as part of Secret Messengers. Enrico co-hosts a weekly Songwriters Open Mic with Lawren Nemeth and Lilija Valis in New Westminster. In his journey into music, he experienced a long period where he chose to withhold writing, composing and singing. Meanwhile, everything else was on the go including playing improvised music and chess(!) both entwined into the process of creating songs. View more here:
enrico-renz-surrey-muse

Katheren Szabo, Open Mic Opener

Katheren Szabo is a poet, arts activist and a vibrant community organizer. Her poems have been published in over 20 poetry chapbooks and theme-based ezines including We Are Newton, Hands & Heart, and Bulbs & Beauty. She is a co-founder of Cedar Bark Poets, a reading series that happens every month; and, she is a regular contributor to Friends of the Grove and community garden called The Plot in Newton, Surrey. At 11 years of age, Katheren began writing poetry as code to keep her diary safe from her siblings. ‘I have kept it all‘ she said, ‘and now have a large pile of dusty journals that hold my poetic life within. I am not a public poet and struggle to give voice to my words.’ Last year, she had said: ‘We shall embark together on breaking the mute silence of my writing on May 26th at Surrey Muse Event. See you there!’ since then, Katheren has presented at conferences, discussion groups and literary events to share her art and thoughts on issues around sexual violence, healing and environment. Visit Katheren on Facebook
facebook.com/katheren.szabo

Fauzia Rafique, Host

Fauzia is a novelist, poet, and an activist. She has published two novels and a poetry collection. Her novel Skeena was published in English (Libros Libertad, 2011) and Punjabi (Sanjh Publications, 2007). The Punjabi edition of Skeena has become Pakistan’s most sold Punjabi novel. Her second novel The Adventures of SahebaN: Biography of a Relentless Warrior was launched in 2016. She has printed two chapbooks of her poems, Holier Than Life (Purple Poppy Press, 2013) and Passion Fruit/Tahnget Phal (Uddari Books 2011). She is a co-founder and the coordinator of Surrey Muse, and, the project manager of Surrey Muse At Large (SMAL). Visit Fauzia’s web page:
gandholi.wordpress.com

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We gratefully acknowledge
that we meet on the traditional territories of
the Semiahmoo, Katzie, Kwikwetlem
Kwantlen, Qayqayt and Tsawwassen First Nations.

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SylviaTaylor AshokBhargava CandiceJames & HelgaParekh with RhiannonMarshall at GardenPlotReadingSeries on July 27

We are set to have a great afternoon listening to creative nonfiction from Author Sylvia Taylor and some spirit-infused poems from Poet Ashok Bhargava. While Poet/Painter/Singer Candice James may sing a few of her songs, it is hard to predict if Poet/Artist/Performer Helga Parekh will read her poems or if she would present a performance piece, either way, we are in good hands with Poet Rhiannon Marshall as our Host for the afternoon, 2-4 PM. More about the event is at this link:
garden-plot-reading-series-july-27

Sylvia Taylor, Author

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

Ashok Bhargava, Poet

Ashok Bhargava has published five books of poetry and he is a contributing writer to numerous anthologies worldwide including Inner Child Publishing U.S.A. and BC weekly newspaper The Link. Ashok is an Axlepin Poet Laureate and has won many awards including Poet Ambassador, Writers Beyond Borders, Kalidasa International and World Poetry Lifetime Achievement. Ashok has facilitated events at Richmond City Hall, Minuro Centre, UNESCO poetry at Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre since 2002. For community & literary activities he has received the UBC Humanitarian Award, Dr. Ambedkar Social Justice Award, Pandora Good Citizen Award and Tapsilog Leadership Award. He finds living between cultures and languages very intriguing and stimulating. He is founder of Writers International Network Canada Society. Its main objective is to discover, nourish, recognize and celebrate writers, poets and artists and to assist them to network with the community at large. He can be reached by email at:
bhargava2000@yahoo.com

Candice James, Artist/Performer

Candice James served 2 three-year terms as Poet Laureate of New Westminster, and she was appointed Poet Laureate Emerita in 2016. She is author of 14 books of poetry, a visual artist, musician, singer/songwriter, and a workshop facilitator. Awards include: Bernie Legge Artist/Cultural Award; and Pandora’s Collective Citizenship Award.
candicejames.com
candicejames@outlook.com

Helga Parekh, Poet/Performer

Helga Parekh is a writer, artist, sculptor, potter, and a performer. She published a self-made chapbook of her poem ‘Learning from the Timeless Beauty Of a Tulip‘ in 2016. She won first prize from the Arts Council of Surrey for Christmas Card Verse competition in 2018. Her poetry has 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. It was published by Pratham Books, a not-for-profit organization in India, in multiple Indian languages to promote reading among children. It is available in Hindi and English at the Surrey Libraries. In 2017, Helga completed the Southbank Writer’s Course at the SFU Surrey. She was a member of New West Writers, a member and sometimes facilitator of Renaissance Book Writers, and she was the Group Facilitator of Surrey Muse Writers. Helga is a supporting member of Surrey Muse since 2012. At present she enjoys working with clay, and is continuing to write another children’s story.
helgaparekh@yahoo.com

Rhiannon Marshall, Host

Rhiannon Marshall is a poet and a fourth year student at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) where she is achieving her Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Creative Writing and a minor in Counselling. Her poems have been published in many of Cedar Bark Poets’ Zine magazines, and she has co-hosted many of their monthly readings. Rhiannon has also co-chaired an author Q&A event at Kwantlen University. At this time, other than her poetry collection, she is working on a children’s book titled ‘Why Do You Walk Like That?’
missrhia123@gmail.com

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We gratefully acknowledge
that we meet on the traditional territories of
the Semiahmoo, Katzie, Kwikwetlem
Kwantlen, Qayqayt and Tsawwassen First Nations.

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VeenoDewan LozanYamolky RichardHanson & MalcolmVanDelst with TeresaKlein at GardenPlotReadingSeries on June 29

At the June 29th event of Garden Plot Reading Series, we’ll have the opportunity from 2 – 4 PM, to listen to stories from a work-in-progress by author Veeno Dewan, hear some powerful poems by Kurdish Canadian poet Lozan Yamolky, view a rare presentation on runes from rune master Richard E. Hanson, and come to know a unique woman-voice from author Malcolm Van Delst’s recent novel. The event will be hosted by Teresa Klein, one of the inspirations behind the PLOT Sharing Garden that was first visioned by Don and Cora Li-Leger, now the sweet home of Garden Plot Reading Series. More information about the June 29th event is at this link: garden-plot-reading-series-june-29

 

Veeno Dewan, Author

Veeno Dewan is a writer, TV producer and filmmaker. His articles have been published by various magazines and newspaper. A graduate of the Simon Fraser University’s Writers Studio, Veeno is working on his first novel, a family saga that spans four continents and a 100 years; and on a short story collection exploring the themes of migration, colonialism, identity, and the notions of home and belonging. He was born in London UK where he worked over fifteen years for the BBC and a few years for the independent TV broadcast industry before moving to Canada and settling in Surrey BC. In Canada, he has worked for the CTV, Global and the CBC as a producer and director. Veeno also works as a communications specialist for the BC Government. veenodewan@gmail.com

Lozan Yamolky, Poet

Lozan is a poet who has published three collections in two years. Her debut title ‘I’m No Hero‘ was printed by Silver Bow Publishing in 2016, ‘Counting Waves‘ in 2017, and ‘Dreamers Needed‘ in 2019. Lozan is one of the recipients of the Distinguished Poet Award from Writer International Network Canada for 2018, and the 1st Prize winner of the 2019 Rabindranath Tagore Poetry Contest. In 2017, she was commissioned by the DaCapo Chamber Choir to write about refugee experiences. Lozan is Kurdish, born and raised in Baghdad, she immigrated to Canada in 1995, and she now works as a freelance interpreter in Vancouver. lozanyamolky.com

Richard E. Hanson, Rune Master

Richard is a practicing vitki with more than 30 years’ experience in carving, reading and studying runes and rune stones. He uses materials from dropped and then aged (2 years or more) branches, or naturally shed antler, and the runes are crafted in sacred spaces using ritual tools. His work, both the rune sets and rune jewellery, has gained appreciation in Scandinavia, the USA, Europe and all over Canada. runesman@smartt.com

Malcolm Van Delst, Novelist

Malcolm van Delst is a poet, novelist and web developer who is passionate about writing, acting and filmmaking. She began her novel Do the Wrong Thing in 2014 during Nanowrimo, and it was launched in 2018. Malcolm’s stories and poems have been published by various zines including Tenement, she has appeared in Fringe plays, and, she had the 12th most viewed video at CBC’s now defunct site, Zed. She founded and runs the Vancouver Writers Group and chairs the Surrey Library’s Guildford Writers Circle. She has an English Literature degree from McMaster University and diplomas in computer graphics, multimedia, and integrated media from various institutions including Emily Carr Institute where she later taught. malcolmvandelst.com

Teresa Klein, Host

Teresa is a 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 remains involved with a Community Garden/Medicine Wheel in Newton, an area of Surrey that has experienced trauma and had visible presence of homelessness and substance abuse issues. Beginning its Fourth growing season, despite its challenges, the Garden has become a centre for community engagement bridging generational, cultural and socio economic gaps to create a warm and welcoming space. theplot.ca

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We gratefully acknowledge
that we meet on the traditional territories of
the Semiahmoo, Katzie, Kwikwetlem
Kwantlen, Qayqayt and Tsawwassen First Nations.

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VirginiaGillespie – CandiceJames – HarveyOstroff with SanaJanjua & FauziaRafique at Word Arts LIVE ‘Ages & Stages’ – 11 March 2018

Welcome to the final event of the second session of Word Arts LIVE at Alexandra Neighborhood House. The March event will be held at Alexandra Hall instead of the media room, and it’ll be followed by a celebration of wine and refreshments.

This is the third event in the theme-based session titled ‘Ages & Stages: Dreams, reality checks and things that go bump in the night’ where the first event focused on ‘youthfulness’ on January 14th; ‘adulthood’ on February 11th, and now, ‘golden years’ on March 11th. We will have Author Virginia Gillespie, Poet Candice James and Performer Harvey Ostroff with Host Sana Janjua, and Discussion Facilitator Fauzia Rafique. There’ll be plenty of discussion time at the end.

Virginia Gillespie

Virginia Gillespie, Artistic Director of the VG PlayRoom Studio, is a writer, arts advocate, and coordinator of the Word-Arts Project through Surrey Cultural Grants. Her play LOSS, is part of the STUFF Collection where another short play, HOARDER, was selected for a curated reading at the Vancouver SHIFT Festival in support of the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre. Last spring she taught mixed-arts devising modules, which birthed PROJECT WOW: Arts Building Without Walls and the Tiptoe Through the Garden Event at the Newton Plot Sharing Garden and Medicine Wheel. Currently Virginia, Heidi McCurdy and Celina Strachan host LISTENING BOWL: rambles in nature, art making and celebrations to re- connect with self, land, spirit and community. Virginia is a Surrey Civic Treasure recipient who is passionate about bringing art alive and making performance an innovative tool for personal, societal and ecological transformation.
Virginia-Gillespie.com
Faeebook @VGPlayRoom, @wowartsbuildingwithoutwalls @ListeningBowl

Candice James

Candice James served 2 terms as Poet Laureate of New Westminster BC and was appointed Poet Laureate Emerita by the City of New Westminster in Nov 2016. She is author of 13 books of poetry; a visual artist; musician; singer/songwriter; workshop facilitator. Her artwork has appeared in many magazines internationally including Duende (Goddard University of Fine Arts, Vermont); SurVision, (Ireland); The Arts and Entertainment Magazine (Hollywood); CQ International, New York); and Wax, Poetry Art Mgazine (Canada). She is also Founder of Royal City Literary Arts Society; Poetic Justice; Poetry in the Park; Poetry New Westminster; RCLAS Singer Songwriters; Fred Cogwsell Award for Excellence in Poetry and she it the recipient of the Bernie Legge Artist Cultural Award and Pandora’s Collective Citizenship Award.
candicejames.com

Harvey Ostroff

Harvey has been involved in the theatre arts for fifty years as teacher/ Director and Helping teacher for SD 36 and as Instructor at Western Washington U and SFU. He is also a playwright. His first play, “Yossel’s Music,” was produced in 1983 by Studio 58 and his latest, Teatron’s production of “Delimax” went up at the Toronto Centre for the Arts in 2015. Since his retirement in 2002 he has been presenting workshops throughout the Lower Mainland including Stage-fighting and Characterization and has choreographed fight scenes for a variety of productions. His most popular workshop was “ Dancing with Swords.” He has also been an actor and is currently singing and writing songs. One claim to fame is that he got to sing his “Ballad of Terry Fox” with Valdy at a local fundraiser. He lives happily in the wonderful community of Ocean Park (South Surrey) with his wife Margie and has two successful children and three wonderful grandchildren.

Sana Janjua

Sana is a poet, performer and playwright. Her writings have been published at The Laaltain, Mayanaam and Uddari Weblog, and she has presented monologues at various cultural and literary events. 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 voices/stories and the trauma and shame they endure as they speak. She has hosted events to commemorate Poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Women’s International Day, and book launching ceremonies for authors. A Founding Member and the President of Surrey Muse, Sana is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse, and enjoys working in the field of mental health.
sana-janjua-surrey-muse

Fauzia Rafique

Fauzia is a novelist, poet, blogger and an activist. She has published two novels Skeena (English by Libros Libertad in 2011 and Punjabi by Sanjh Publications in 2007) and The Adventures of SahebaN: Biography of a Relentless Warrior (Libros Libertad, 2016). She has printed two chapbooks of her poems, Holier Than Life (Purple Poppy Press, 2013) and Passion Fruit/Tahnget Phal (Uddari Books 2011). She is a co-founder and the coordinator of Surrey Muse, and the project coordinator of Surrey Muse Writers. Fauzia is happy to have received WIN Canada’s Distinguished Novelist & Poet award in 2012, and to have declined Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013.
gandholi.wordpress.com

Word-Arts LIVE!
Sunday March 11, 2018
3-5 pm, Alexandra Hall
Alexandra Neighborhood House
2916 McBride Avenue, Surrey BC

Series co-founded and co-organized by Fauzia Rafique and Virginia Gillespie

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.

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)

Surrey Muse At Large (SMAL) operates on
the unceded territories of the
Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

Surrey Muse At Large (SMAL) is a project of
Surrey Muse.

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JoanB.Flood-JoanneArnott-SonjaGrgar with SanaJanjua & VirginiaGillespie at Word Arts LIVE ‘Ages & Stages’ – 11 February 2018

Welcome to the second event of the second session of Word Arts LIVE at Alexandra Neighborhood House.

The first event of this theme-based session titled ‘Ages & Stages: Dreams, reality checks and things that go bump in the nightfocused on ‘youthfulness’ on January 14th; now, we are set to explore ‘adulthood’ on February 11th with Author Joan B. Flood, Poet Joanne Arnott, Performer Sonja Grgar, Host Sana Janjua, and Discussion Facilitator Virginia Gillespie. The session consists of three events with plenty of discussion time.

Joan B. Flood

JOAN B. FLOOD grew up in Limerick, Ireland and lived briefly in France and England before settling in Canada. She spent some years in Ottawa, Toronto and Hamilton, Ontario before arriving in Vancouver, where she currently lives. Her work has appeared in anthologies in Canada, USA and Australia. Her Young Adult novel, New Girl, won the Orpheus Fiction Contest and was published in the USA by Musa Publishing. Her story 87 won honourable mention in The Binnacle Ninth Annual Ultra-Short Story Competition 2012 (USA). Her latest novel is Left Unsaid, a family drama set in contemporary Ireland, and was published by Signature Editions in October 2017.
joan-b-flood-surrey-muse

Joanne Arnott

Joanne Arnott is a Métis/mixed-blood writer and arts activist, originally from Manitoba, at home on the west coast. Her first book Wiles of Girlhood won the Gerald Lampert Award (LCP 1992). She published eight further books, including Halfling spring (Kegedonce 2014), A Night for the Lady (Ronsdale 2013), and Mother Time (Ronsdale 2007). Her essays and poetry appear in over twenty-five anthologies and a similar number of journals. Joanne was a founding member of the Aboriginal Writers Collective West Coast, a past volunteer with The Writers Union of Canada (National Council) and The Writers’ Trust of Canada (Author’s Committee). A grand multipara (mother of six), Joanne is currently teaching Creative Writing with an Indigenous Focus (UBC). She is the Poetry Editor for EVENT Magazine (Douglas College). Joanne received the Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for Literary Arts in 2017.
josarnott.blogspot.ca

Sonja Grgar

Sonja Grgar is a writer, dancer, and a freelance journalist who has worked in print, radio and television. In her writing, Sonja attempts to portray the poetic complexities of existence. What she finds the most meaningful about the written word are its limitations; that it is an imperfect expression of our life and breath. It is precisely that imperfection that Sonja finds the most poetic, and within which she seeks to live and create.
sonja-grgar-surrey-muse

Sana Janjua

Sana is a poet, performer and playwright. Her writings have been published at The Laaltain, Mayanaam and Uddari Weblog, and she has presented monologues at various cultural and literary events. 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 voices/stories and the trauma and shame they endure as they speak. She has hosted events to commemorate Poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Women’s International Day, and book launching ceremonies for authors. A Founding Member and the President of Surrey Muse, Sana is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse, and enjoys working in the field of mental health.
sana-janjua-surrey-muse

Virginia Gillespie
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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

Word-Arts LIVE!
Sunday February 11, 2018
3-5 pm, Media Room
Upstairs The Lodge
Alexandra Neighborhood House
2916 McBride Avenue, Surrey BC

Series co-founded and co-organized by Fauzia Rafique and Virginia Gillespie

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.

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)

Surrey Muse At Large (SMAL) operates on
the unceded territories of the
Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

Surrey Muse At Large (SMAL) is a project of
Surrey Muse.

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MargoBates-SteveWebster-EnricoRenz with SanaJanjua & VirginiaGillespie at Word Arts LIVE ‘Ages & Stages’ – 14 January 2018

You are invited to the second session of Word Arts LIVE series at Alexandra Neighborhood House. Unlike the first one, this is a theme-based session titled ‘Ages & Stages: Dreams, reality checks and things that go bump in the night’ contemplating youthfulness, adulthood and golden years through the perspectives of an author, a poet and a performer. The session consists of three events with plenty of discussion time.

On January 14th, ‘youthfulness’ will be explored by Author Margo Bates, Poet Steve Webster and Performer Enrico Renz with Host Sana Janjua and Discussion Facilitator Virginia Gillespie.

Margo Bates

Margo is the author of P.S. Don’t Tell Your Mother and The Queen of a Gated Community who teaches workshops on research strategies for writing, storytelling, and publicity for authors. She is now working on her third title The Funeral Follower. A professional member and the past president of Canadian Authors-Metro Vancouver, she is a member of its Program & Publicity Committee, and has served nationally as vice-chair and as chair of the Fundraising & Sponsorship Committee. Since 1980, Margo has worked on high-profile public relations projects and events in Canada, the United States and England with her Vancouver-based company, Margo Bates Publicity. She belongs to the Federation of BC Writers and RCLAS – Royal City Literary Arts Society. She’s an alumna of Erma Bombeck Humour Writers Workshop, University of Dayton, Ohio. And, she’s a darn good cook.
margobates.com

Steve Webster

Steve is part of Cedar Bark Poets, a poetry reading group he helped establish a few years back that meets in Newton each month. Though he is not ‘really a Bio kind of guy’, he did say this about himself: ‘An apparently failed recluse. A bodger and man of reuse, semi-bohemian life long Newton resident and Surrey volunteer, with hands in far too many pots. Builder, gardener, poet, amounts others, and master of none, but enjoys seeing where the world goes.’
spiresplace@yahoo.ca

Enrico Renz

Enrico is a singer and songwriter who plays guitar, bass, keyboards and drums. He has released a cd titled Skytrain as part of Secret Messengers. Enrico co-hosts a weekly Songwriters Open Mic with Lawren Nemeth and Lilija Valis in New Westminster. In his journey into music, he experienced a long period where he chose to withhold writing, composing and singing. Meanwhile, everything else was on the go including playing improvised music and chess(!) both entwined into the process of creating songs. Enrico’s country of origin is Switzerland, and he recognizes Italian and Swiss-German as mother languages. Enrico lives and teaches in Burnaby.
enrico-renz-surrey-muse

Sana Janjua

Sana is a poet, performer and playwright. Her writings have been published at The Laaltain, Mayanaam and Uddari Weblog, and she has presented monologues at various cultural and literary events. 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 voices/stories and the trauma and shame they endure as they speak. She has hosted events to commemorate Poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Women’s International Day, and book launching ceremonies for authors. A Founding Member and the President of Surrey Muse, Sana is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse, and enjoys working in the field of mental health.
sanajanjua@gmail.com

Virginia Gillespie
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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

Word-Arts LIVE!
Sunday January 14, 2018
3-5 pm, Media Room
Upstairs The Lodge
Alexandra Neighborhood House
2916 McBride Avenue, Surrey BC

Series co-founded and co-organized by Fauzia Rafique

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.

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)

Surrey Muse At Large (SMAL) operates on
the unceded territories of the
Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

Surrey Muse At Large (SMAL) is a project of
Surrey Muse.

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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.
horseloversmath

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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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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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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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
*** Update: Mary cooper was unable to attend due to health reasons. Fauzia Rafique presented a spoken word item instead.

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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