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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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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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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Word Arts LIVE! – Ages & Stages – Sunday March 11 – South Surrey

The third and the last event of ‘Ages & Stages: Dreams, reality checks and things that go bump in the night’ exploring youthfulness, adulthood and golden years, will focus on ‘golden years’ with Author Virginia Gillespie, Poet Candice James and Performer Harvey Ostroff.

An author, a poet and a performer will contemplate on the theme of ‘golden years’; and, there’ll be time to discuss, to linger and to savor each presentation. The event is FREE. Donations are welcome.

Word-Arts LIVE!
‘Ages & Stages: Dreams, reality checks and things that go bump in the night’
On Golden Years
Sunday March 11, 2018

Author Virginia Gillespie
Poet Candice James
Performer Harvey Ostroff
Host Sana Janjua
Discussion Facilitator Fauzia Rafique

3-5 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

Series co-organized by Virginia Gillespie and 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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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
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

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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Word Arts LIVE! – Ages & Stages – Sunday February 11 – South Surrey

The second event of ‘Ages & Stages: Dreams, reality checks and things that go bump in the night’ exploring youthfulness, adulthood and golden years, will focus on ‘adulthood’ with Author Joan B. Flood, Poet Joanne Arnott and Performer Sonja Grgar. The first event of this series took place on January 14th and it was focused on ‘youthfulness’ with Margo Bates, Steve Webster and Enrico Renz.

An author, a poet and a performer will contemplate on the theme of ‘adulthood’; and, there’ll be time to discuss, to linger and to savor each presentation. The event is FREE. Donations are welcome.

Word-Arts LIVE!
‘Ages & Stages: Dreams, reality checks and things that go bump in the night’
On Adulthood
Sunday February 11, 2018

Author Joan B. Flood
Poet Joanne Arnott
Performer Sonja Grgar
Host Sana Janjua
Discussion Facilitator Virginia Gillespie

3-5 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

Series co-organized by Virginia Gillespie and 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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