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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Garden Plot Reading Series : August 24

Art work by Miquel Barceló, 58/77cm, watercolor and sand on paper
Poster designed by Surrey Muse art director Mariam Zohra

You are invited to this year’s third and final event of Garden Plot Reading Series. The previous two events were rewarding for both the presenters and the participants, and this time, we are looking forward to spend an afternoon outdoors with our features listening to Wanda’s stories, Kyle’s poetry, Enrico’s songs and Katheren’s poems.

Author Wanda J. Kehewin
Poet Kyle McKillop
Performer Enrico Renz
Open Mic Opener Katheren Szabo
Host Fauzia Rafique

Saturday, August 24, 2019
2 – 4 PM
Plot Sharing Garden
71st Avenue and 137A Street, North Surrey
Located behind the Newton Arena and bus exchange.

Before & After the Readings
Make free public art buttons with Friends of the Grove

This interdisciplinary reading series offers featured presenters, time for participants to ask questions and exchange views, an open mic, refreshments, and, the opportunity to be in a tent pitched in the green surroundings of a garden and medicine wheel.

Events are free, donations are welcome.

Sister organizations: Cedar Bark Poets, Friends of the Grove, Friends of the Plot, Surrey Artists Co-Op and Surrey Muse.

Garden Plot Reading Series
is a collaboration between
Plot Sharing Garden
and
Surrey Muse At Large (SMAL).

We are happy to have received
a grant from Vancouver Foundation (VF)in Neighbourhood Small Grants program
via Oak Avenue Neighbourhood Hub Society.

Now, seeking private donations.
To donate and for more information, send us a message:
surrey.muse@gmail.com

Surrey Muse At Large (SMAL)
is a project of
Surrey Muse Arts Society

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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Garden Plot Reading Series : July 27

‘The Cove’ by Candice James, New Westminster’s Poet Laureate Emerita.
Poster designed by Surrey Muse art director Mariam Zohra

You are invited to the second event of Garden Plot Reading Series on Saturday, July 27th with Author Sylvia Taylor, Poet Ashok Bhargava, Artist/Performer Candice James and Open Mic Opener Helga Parekh. Our Host Rhiannon Marshall is an emerging poet who also co-organized Cedar Bark Poets. We are set to have another great Summer afternoon, thanks to the people who came out in June to make it a warm, inspiring and engaging event.

Author Sylvia Taylor
Poet Ashok Bhargava
Performer Candice James
Open Mic Opener Helga Parekh
Host Rhiannon Marshall

Saturday, July 27, 2019
2 – 4 PM
Plot Sharing Garden
71st Avenue and 137A Street, North Surrey
Located behind the Newton Arena and bus exchange.

Before & After the Readings
Make free public art buttons with Friends of the Grove

This interdisciplinary reading series offers featured presenters, time for participants to ask questions and exchange views, an open mic, refreshments, and, the opportunity to be in a tent pitched in the green surroundings of a garden and medicine wheel. Next event on Saturday, August 24.

Events are free, donations are welcome.

Sister organizations: Cedar Bark Poets, Friends of the Grove, Friends of the Plot, Surrey Artists Co-Op and Surrey Muse.

Garden Plot Reading Series
is a collaboration between
Plot Sharing Garden
and
Surrey Muse At Large (SMAL).

We are happy to have received
a grant from Vancouver Foundation (VF)in Neighbourhood Small Grants program
via Oak Avenue Neighbourhood Hub Society.

Now, seeking private donations.
To donate and for more information, send us a message:
surrey.muse@gmail.com

Surrey Muse At Large (SMAL)
is a project of
Surrey Muse Arts Society

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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Garden Plot Reading Series – Program

Program : June-August, 2019
June 29, July 27, August 24

June 29
Author Veeno Dewan
Poet Lozan Yamolky
Performer/Rune Master Richard E. Hanson
Open Mic Opener Malcolm Van Delst
Host Teresa Klein

July 27
Author Sylvia Taylor
Poet Ashok Bhargava
Performer Candice James
Open Mic Opener Helga Parekh
Host Rhiannon Marshall

August 24
Author Wanda J. Kehewin
Poet Kyle McKillop
Performer Enrico Renz
Open Mic Opener Katheren Szabo
Host Fauzia Rafique

More information
garden-plot-reading-series

Location : Plot Sharing Garden, Newton
71st Avenue and 137A Street

Garden Plot Reading Series
is a collaboration between
Plot Sharing Garden and
Surrey Muse At Large (SMAL)

We are happy to have received
a grant from Vancouver Foundation (VF)in Neighbourhood Small Grants program
via Oak Avenue Neighbourhood Hub Society.

Now seeking donations
To donate and for more information, send us a message:
surrey.muse@gmail.com

Surrey Muse At Large (SMAL)
is a project of
Surrey Muse Arts Society

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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Garden Plot Reading Series : June 29

Ikebana by Vancouver Author Lydia Kwa.
Poster designed by Surrey Muse art director Mariam Zohra

Join us for the first event of Garden Plot Reading Series on Saturday, June 29th. We are set to have a great Summer afternoon with storytelling by Author Veeno Dewan, Poetry readings by Lozan Yamolky, and a special presentation on runes by Rune Master Richard E. Hanson. The Open Mic session will begin with author Malcolm Van Delst presenting from her novel. The event will be hosted by Teresa Klein, one of the guiding energies in the establishment and sustenance of a community garden in Newton.

Saturday, June 29, 2019
2 – 4 PM
Plot Sharing Garden
71st Avenue and 137A Street, North Surrey
Located behind the Newton Arena and bus exchange.

This interdisciplinary reading series offers featured presenters, time for participants to ask questions and exchange views, an open mic, refreshments, and, the opportunity to be in a tent pitched in the green surroundings of a garden and medicine wheel. Mark your calendar from June to August 2019.
Saturday, June 29, 2-4 PM
Saturday, July 27, 2-4 PM
Saturday, August 24, 2-4 PM

Events are free, donations are welcome.

We request organizations and individuals to nurture community through art and literature by supporting this inspiring effort. Drop us a line at: surrey.muse@gmail.com

Sister organizations
Cedar Bark Poets, Friends of the Grove, Friends of the Plot, Surrey Artists Co-Op and Surrey Muse.

Garden Plot Reading Series
is a collaboration between
Plot Sharing Garden
and
Surrey Muse At Large (SMAL).

We are happy to have received
a grant from Vancouver Foundation (VF)in Neighbourhood Small Grants program
via Oak Avenue Neighbourhood Hub Society.

Now, seeking private donations.
To donate and for more information, send us a message:
surrey.muse@gmail.com

Surrey Muse At Large (SMAL)
is a project of
Surrey Muse Arts Society

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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